Conrad Murray was just doing his job. But in his eyes, what he did was not bad.
Michael Jackson's embattled doctor pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter at his arraignment this morning in Los Angeles Superior Court that was attended by the late King of Pop's family, including mom Katherine Jackson and his brother Randy.
Your honor, I am an innocent man," replied Murray before entering his plea.
The cardiologist is accused of allegedly injecting Jackson with a lethal dose of Propofol, a sedative typically used in hospitals under the careful supervision of a physician and not meant for home use.
One of Murray's attorneys, Ed Chernoff, told the judge that he expects the trial to last eight weeks while the D.A. estimated it would take four to six.
"Dr. Murray is looking forward to telling his side of the story," Murray's lawyer said at a press conference afterward outside the courthouse. "Dr. Murray's been waiting 22 months for the opportunity to do this and this is the first chance we have to force the issue."
If there was a grim irony to today's proceedings, a homeless man was found dead on a park bench near the courthouse before the hearing got underway. No foul play was suspected.
The next pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 7. The trial is expected to kick off with jury selection on March 28.