This week's music news had a rather intense start. Dr. Conrad Murray, the private physician for the late Michael Jackson, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter charges.
J. Michael Flanagan, one of Murray's defense attorneys, said they would not pursue a plea bargain. According to AP, Flanagan said his client was looking forward to "telling his side of the story" on trial which is set to begin March 28.
"I think our case is really solid," Flanagan said. "This should result in an acquittal."
Rebbie Jackson, the deceased pop singer's eldest sister, said she believes Murray is guilty. During an appearance on "The View" Thursday, Rebbie replied, "yes," when asked if she saw a murderer when she looked at Murray.
"Yes, I do," she said. "I have faith in the judicial system, and we're going to find out the truth with everything in a few weeks."
During her eight-minute interview, Rebbie answered a number of tough questions about the death of her brother and the aftermath. She admitted that the family was aware that Michael had a drug problem.
After Michael died, Rebbie stayed with her mother, Katherine, for two and a half months, and helped her care for Michael's three children. She said that her mother, nephews, and niece were doing fine.
When asked if Diana Ross would provide guardianship for the children in the event that something happened to Katherine, who is in her 80s, Rebbie said she did not know.
Rebbie said she struggles with her brother's death daily. "[It's] like a living nightmare. To be very honest, just have to say that it was very [devastating]. ... A day does not go by that I don't think about it or think about him." She said she sometimes breaks down and cries in the middle of the day.
Rebbie, a recording artist herself, will be embarking on the 2011 Pick Up The Phone Tour to raise awareness of the bipolar disorder and suicide prevention.
That was too many health-related stories for one week, right? Let's hope next week's music news is hospital-free. See you then.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Who's Bad? -- Michael's sister believes doctor is guilty
2) Order In The Court -- Jackson doctor pleads not guilty, heads to trial
3) Changes In Latitudes -- Jimmy Buffett falls off Australia stage
4) Unstoppable -- Bret Michaels has successful heart surgery
5) Just Say No -- Motley Crue's Neil jailed 15 days for drunk driving
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