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DA drops effort to get $100 million restitution from Conrad Murray

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 1:02 PM EST, Fri January 20, 2012
Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year for Michael Jackson's death.
Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year for Michael Jackson's death.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The prosecutor drops the $100 million restitution request after talking to Jackson's family
  • The judge cancels a hearing set for Thursday
  • California law allows judges to order restitution to victims' families

Los Angeles (CNN) -- The prosecution's effort to force Dr. Conrad Murray to pay Michael Jackson's family $100 million in restitution for the singer's death has been dropped, a court spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the court Wednesday that he was ending the restitution request after talking with Jackson's parents and lawyers for his estate.

California law allows for restitution claims by victims' families.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter last year for Jackson's death.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor had set a hearing for Thursday to consider the restitution.

When Murray was sentenced to four years in prison in November, Walgren argued the doctor should also pay Jackson's children and parents $100 million, the amount Jackson could have earned if he had survived to complete his planned "This Is It" concerts in London.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, in his Los Angeles home, two weeks before those shows were to begin.

His death was caused by an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol and sedatives, according to testimony in Murray's trial last year.

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