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Prosecutors reject Murray’s version and told jurors the Houston-based cardiologist also had a tremendous stake in Jackson appearing in the concerts.

The doctor had initially asked to be paid $5 million a year for working with Jackson, but Gongaware said he immediately rejected the proposal. Instead Murray accepted an offer to become Jackson’s doctor for $150,000 a month _ a sum he was never paid because his contract hadn’t been signed before Jackson’s death.

Murray still has plenty to lose _ if convicted he faces up to four years in prison and will have to relinquish his medical license.


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