A jury in the Michael Jackson case ended deliberations today (November 7) and has reached a verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
The jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, found Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, guilty of involuntary manslaughter for his role in the death of Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 from a drug overdose of the anesthetic Propofol, along with a cocktail of other lethal prescription drugs.
The jury delivered their verdict from the Los Angeles County Superior Courthouse, just two days after beginning their deliberations, which began on Friday (November 3).
Dr. Conrad Murray was hired by Michael Jackson and AEG Live, to be the singer’s personal physician during his “This Is It” comeback tour.
Dr. Murray, who was paid $150,000 per month to look after Michael Jackson, had pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and gross negligence.
Ed Chernoff, the lawyer for Dr. Murray claimed that Michael Jackson had given himself the fatal dose of propofol when Dr. Murray stepped out of the room, to take a phone call.
Prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil successfully convinced jurors that Dr. Murray was criminally negligent in administering sedatives to Michael Jackson, resulting in the 50-year-old popstar’s death.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine, is suing AEG for wrongful death.
The family claims that Michael Jackson ultimately succumbed to pressure placed on him by AEG Live to produce the series of come back concerts, due to contractual obligations the singer had with the company.
According to reports, Jackson who was allegedly almost $400 million in debt and would have lost up to $30 million had he not done the “This Is It,” tour, which was funded entirely by AEG Live.
According to reports, the Jackson family believes that AEG Live pressured Michael into 19 more shows, on top of the 31 his contract originally called for.
AEG Live has denied claims and claimed they even threatened to cancel the concert, due to Michael Jackson’s erratic behavior and his repeated absences from rehearsal.
Dr. Conrad Murray had personally vouched for Michael Jackson’s health in an email sent to concert insurance agents inquiring about the singers health, just hours before Michael Jackson died from a fatal drug overdose.
Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison.