Jackson’s doctor found guilty of manslaughter – Entertainment – Celebrities –
LOS ANGELES — Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of singer Michael Jackson on Monday.
The seven-man, five-woman panel had to be unanimous on their decision to either convict or acquit Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 2009 death. They began deliberating Friday and did not meet over the weekend. Overall they deliberated for about nine hours.
After hearing the news that a decision had been reached, Jackson’s sister La Toya tweeted “Verdict is FINALLY IN!!! I’m on my way! I’m shaking uncontrollably!”
Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol; Murray has acknowledged giving Jackson propofol to help him sleep.
During closing arguments of the six-week trial, attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist attacked prosecutors and their witnesses, saying they had over time developed stories and theories that placed the blame for Jackson’s death squarely on Murray.
Prosecutors countered that Murray was an opportunistic and inept doctor who left Jackson’s three children without a father. They said that Murray giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid violated standards of care and amounted to a secret experiment in which the doctor kept no records.
Jurors heard from 49 witnesses and had more than 300 pieces of evidence to consider. They were given lengthy instructions by the judge about how to deliberate.
Murray faces a sentence ranging from probation to four years behind bars, and he would lose his medical license. The sentence will be decided by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor after receiving input from attorneys for both sides and probation officials, if necessary.
A recent change in California law means that Murray, 58, might serve time in a county jail rather than a state prison. A prison term could be shortened by overcrowding.