Jury reaches unanimous verdict following six week trial
Michael Jackson‘s former doctor Dr Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter over the late singer’s death, by an LA jury.
Murray, who denied giving the pop superstar a fatal overdose of the powerful sedative, propofol on June 25, 2009, was convicted at around 1.15pm local time (9.15pm GMT) today (November 7) after a six week long trial, reports BBC News.
He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 29. Murray, who sat silently, shifting in his seat as the verdict was read out, is expected to face up to four years in prison and lose his license to practise medicine.
The jury, who reached a unanimous decision, deliberated throughout the day on Friday and most of this morning before reaching their verdict.
Members of the late singer’s family including his parents Joe and Katherine Jackson turned up at the courthouse an hour before the verdict was read out. Outside the court, Michael Jackson fans were heard cheering and chanting “guilty, guilty”.
During the six-week trial, 49 witnesses have been heard and more than 300 pieces of evidence presented.
In their argument last Thursday (November 3), the prosecution said Dr Murray had caused the star’s death through negligence, depriving Jackson’s children of their father and the world of a “genius”.
The defence argued that Jackson was a drug addict who caused his own death by giving himself an extra dose of propofol while the cardiologist was out of the room at the star’s rented mansion in Los Angeles.
It was announced last week that Murray would not not be testifying in the court case.