Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician at the heart of Michael Jackson’s ongoing death investigation, appeared in Clark County Family Court today in Las Vegas because of his delinquent child support payments.
In a surprise move, the child’s mother agreed to not force him to pay the $14,000 in back child support payments. Going forth, however, Murray will be required to pay $1,003 a month.
Murray appeared to explain why he’s fallen behind in the support payments to a California woman and her son.
Murray’s attorney, Christopher Aaron, argued that his client is unable to get work because of Michael Jackson’s death publicity.
Dr. Murray admits giving proponyl to Jackson just before his death.
When the hearing was over, city marshals also made a rare move, blocking the media from leaving the courtroom. They let Murray get to his car and leave before they allowed media out of the courtroom.
“They were making a decision that they needed to protect the safety of others in the building. They wanted to maintain a level of decorum throughout the building,” said court spokesman Michael Sommermeyer.
Aaron says Murray had to close his medical practice and move due to personal threats following Jackson’s death June 25.