Conrad Murray trial: Verdict reached
A Los Angeles jury has reached a verdict in the trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, officials said on Monday, November 7.
Court officials said the jury's decision will be read at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET. NOTE: You will be able to watch the proceedings online: OnTheRedCarpet.com is hosting a LIVE STREAM of the Conrad Murray trial verdict.
The jurors, made up of seven men and five women (check out more details about them), discussed the case for a total of eight and a half hours. They began deliberating Murray's fate on Friday and continued talks on Monday morning. They signaled at about 11 a.m. local time that they have reached a verdict by having a buzzer pressed three times.
Murray, a 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist, had treated Jackson for years. His trial began on September 27 and closing arguments were made on November 3.
Autopsy results show that Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray had administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death. The King of Pop had suffered a cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Murray's attorneys had said the dose of propofol he gave was too low to be fatal and maintained Jackson injected himself with more of the drug and also swallowed several anti-anxiety pills while the doctor was away from his bedside. The doctor also told police that the singer was addicted to propofol and that he had tried to wean him off the drug by giving him other medications to treat his sleep problem.
A conviction of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and Murray, who had maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, could also lose his medical license.
During his closing argument on Thursday, prosecutor David Walgren told the jurors that they are to decide whether Murray "acted with gross negligence or criminal negligence in his treatment of Michael Jackson and constituted a "substantial factor" in the King of Pop's death.
MURRAY 'VERY NERVOUS'
Murray did not testify in person during his trial. A source close to the doctor told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday that Murray is "very nervous" about the verdict.
Murray entered the court on Monday with his mother and girlfriend, Nicole Alvarez, who testified during his trial. He was also seen hugging an unidentified young girl.
Jackson's family members have been present in court during many days of the trial. His mother Katherine, his father Joe and several siblings arrived to hear the verdict on Monday, including his sister La Toya, who Tweeted: "Verdict is FINALLY IN!!! I'm on my way! I'm shaking uncontrollably! Michael's spirit will be with us in the court room and he will make sure the right verdict is made."
Jackson's sister Janet, who is touring, was not present at court. Scores of Jackson fans surrounded the courthouse, some carrying posters of the singer and signs that read "Guilty." Some Murray supporters gathered outside as well. About two dozen Jackson fans stood inside a hallway in the building, waiting for the verdict to be read. Police officers monitored the gatherings.
Paris Hilton's parents, Rick and Kathy, also made an appearance to show their solidarity to the Jackson family.
Check out a summary of the Conrad Murray trial proceedings.