The California attorney general has moved to revoke the medical license of Michael Jackson's personal physician, one day after he appeared in court to face manslaughter charges in the King of Pop's death.
Dr. Conrad Murray is expected to head back to Texas until his next court appearance in April, but legal experts say he's got a tough and emotionally charged trial ahead of him.
Nevertheless, the case could have been worse, noted defense attorney and former Jackson lawyer Mark Geragos told "Good Morning America." Murray could have easily faced more severe charges that could have sent him to prison for life, Geragos said.
"I think that Dr. Murray caught a break when they did not file second-degree, what's called implied malice murder," he said.
The doctor still faces a difficult legal situation.
"The fight here is going to be on the territory as to whether or not he was doing something that was so outside the realm of what was approved by giving the anesthetic in a home setting," Geragos told "GMA."
Murray pleaded not guilty Monday, capping an eight-month investigation and kicking off what is expected to be a closely watched celebrity trial. Los Angeles prosecutors have said the Houston-based cardiologist allegedly administered a lethal cocktail of painkillers and anesthetics to Jackson hours before he died on June 25.
It's won't be a simple case for either the defense or the prosecution, experts warned.
"It's not going to be an easy case for the prosecution and it's not going to be an easy case for Dr. Murray," ABC News legal consultant Dana Cole said.
Even just finding impartial jurors will likely be difficult.
"He's infamous because of the death of a celebrity," Geragos said of Murray. "It's going to be tough to get a fair trial in Los Angeles."
Jackson's family and his fans seemed pleased Murray had finally been charged.
"Nobody was there but him, so he's guilty," Katherine Jackson, MJ's mother, said. "He's just trying to save his own behind."
Jackson fans who came to the courthouse to show support for the Gloved One agreed.
"He should spend the rest of his life in prison, absolutely," one fan said.
An investigator's narrative released Monday by the L.A. County's coroner's office included new details of the June evening Jackson's body was found. Jackson's bedroom is described as outfitted with the usual furnishings: a queen-sized bed, chairs, a dresser and a television.
There was also "a green oxygen tank" beside the bed and bottles of prescription medication scattered over several tables, along with medical supplies such as latex gloves, a box of catheters, disposable needles and alcohol pads.
The 51-page coroner's report also described Jackson's vitiligo, the pigmentation-lightening disease the singer was said to have suffered with. His skin had "patches of light and dark pigmented area. His hair "was sparse" and woven into a wig. His lips and eyebrows had been permanently tattooed.
The autopsy report concludes that "the cause of death is acute propofol intoxication" and that "the standard care for administering propofol was not met ... Recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing, and resuscitation were not present."