MJ Update: Joe Jackson Talks Conspiracy With Larry King

Although Joe Jackson told reporters “We need justice” following Dr. Conrad Murray’s session in court yesterday, hours later he appeared on CNN’s “Larry King Live” to explain that he believes his late son’s physician is “just a fall guy.”

Yesterday Murray turned himself in at a branch courthouse near Los Angeles International Airport and pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death. He was released from jail after posting $75,000 bail.

Jackson hired Murray in May to be his personal physician during his preparation for his comeback “This Is It” tour. For six weeks prior to his death, the Houston cardiologist treated the King of Pop’s insomnia by giving him a nightly cocktail of 50 milligrams of propofol, the generic name for Diprivan, diluted with the anesthetic lidocaine via an intravenous drip.

Jackson died June 25 with the coroner ruling his death a homicide caused by acute propofol intoxication, with other sedatives a contributing factor.

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Arriving at his clinic in Houston.

Joe Jackson appeared in court along with MJ’s mother, Katherine, and Jackson’s siblings LaToya, Jermaine, Tito, Jackie and Randy.

“I was looking for justice, and justice, to me, would be a murder charge,” Joe Jackson told King.

“To me, he’s just a fall guy. There’s other people, I think, involved with this whole thing. But I think that [once] he’s interrogated – he would come clean and tell everything he knows.”

Joe Jackson added that prior to MJ’s 50-date residency at London’s O2, the singer told his mother that he feared for his life.

“He was afraid to even do all of these shows, because he was afraid that he wouldn’t get a chance to finish all of the show,” Joe Jackson said. “He couldn’t do all those shows back-to-back. Even his kids say that he had told them that he would be murdered.”

LaToya Jackson also threw in her two cents yesterday, issuing a statement after the hearing that echoed her father’s theory that others were involved in her brother’s death.

“I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served,” LaToya said.

When asked for his reaction to the involuntary manslaughter charge, Jermaine said, “Not enough,” according to CNN.

A complaint filed by prosecutors claims that Murray “did unlawfully, and without malice, kill Michael Joseph Jackson” by acting “without due caution and circumspection required” when administering the prescription drugs in question.

Murray is set to return to court April 5 at which time another date will be scheduled for his preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing will give prosecutors a chance to go over evidence they say will prove Murray’s “gross negligence” that led to MJ’s death.

Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz ruled yesterday that Murray must surrender his passport and not leave the country, although he is allowed to travel throughout the U.S.\

The judge also said that Murray is not allowed to use any anesthetic agent, specifically the drug propofol.

“I don’t want you sedating people,” Schwartz said.

If convicted, Murray faces up to four years in prison. 

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