Michael Jackson trial: Jury reaches verdict
Update 3:50 p.m. PT: A Los Angeles jury has rejected a claim that concert promoter AEG Live was negligent in hiring Conrad Murray, the former doctor who caused Michael Jackson's 2009 death. Find out more info here.
A jury has reached a verdict in the civil negligence case over the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, which pitted his family against concert promoter AEG Live, five months after the trial began.
The news was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The verdict will be read at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).
The jury deliberated for four days. The trial lasted 90 work days. The Jackson family members, led by the singer's mother, Katherine, blame AEG Live for hiring Conrad Murray, the singer's private physician who had administered a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other medications that led to his death. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and is currently in prison.
AEG Live, which had sponsored Jackson's planned "This Is It" London concert series, denies any wrongdoing and claims that Jackson had hired Murray himself.
(Pictured above: Michael Jackson announces his "This Is It" London concert series on March 5, 2009. After he died on June 25 of that year, his mother sued promoter AEG Live over alleged civil negligence in relation to his death.)