Court Day For Charlie Sheen and Dr. Conrad Murray

Actor Charlie Sheen will appear in court in Aspen at 2:30 pm MT. The court docket states the matter is set for a bond appearance. Multiple media reports and a press release by Pitkin County indicate charges will be filed against him, most likely felony menacing and misdemeanor assault. His wife, Brooke Mueller, has also been ordered to appear so that the Judge can address the Sheens' request to modify the mandatory protective order preventing them from having contact.

TMZ reports a plea bargain may be in the works, but it won't happen tomorrow. My thoughts on what the plea bargain would entail are here.

In Los Angeles, Dr. Conrad Murray, the Houston physician present with Michael Jackson when he died, will appear in court at 1:30 pm PT. The DA's office is expected to file a charge of involuntary manslaughter against him. [More...]

His lawyer, Edward Chernoff, says he'll answer questions on the courthouse steps after the appearance. Dr. Murray is expected to be released on bond immediately.

Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team is prepared to surrender him at the Airport Courthouse at 1:30 pm Monday, February 8. After the expected arraignment, Ed Chernoff will be available for questions on the courthouse steps.

The LA Times reports on the doctor's financial problems that may have led him to accept Jackson's offer of employment.

Back to Charlie Sheen: If Sheen is charged with felony menacing, it will include the threatened use of a deadly weapon. The statute (18-3-206) reads:

(1) A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:

(a) By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or

(b) By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.

The charges listed on the police report and in the affidavit for his arrest on Christmas Day are explained here.
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    The prosecution of Doc Murray... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 10:11:47 AM EST
    sounds like a great loss to the patients at his Houston heart clinic...just sayin'.

    I heard on the radio today (none / 0) (#3)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 01:17:43 PM EST
    that a bunch of MJ fans are planning to protest outside the court building downtown today if the doc isn't indicted, or some such...

    That's the sentiment... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Mon Feb 08, 2010 at 01:30:02 PM EST
    I fear is behind this prosecution...someone must pay for Michael's death...right or wrong...and I tend to think wrong.