Michael Jackson wrongful death trial verdict: AEG Live NOT negligent
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.
The verdict was announced on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The jury, made up of six women and six men, found that AEG Live hired Murray, who was in 2011 jailed for involuntary manslaughter, but that he was not unfit or incompetent to perform work for which he was hired.
Brian Panish, lead attorney for the Jacksons, said in a statement about the verdict, "We are disappointed by the verdict, but respect the jury system."
The trial lasted more than five months and 90 work days. AEG Live had denied any wrongdoing and claimed that Jackson had hired Murray himself. The former doctor had worked as the singer's private physician and had administered a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and other medications that lead to his death on June 25, 2009.
During the trial, witnesses such as Debbie Rowe, Jackson's ex-wife and the mother of his two eldest children, Prince and Paris, as well as Prince himself testified. Also during the proceedings, personal family photographs and videos of Jackson with his kids were shown to the jurors.
The jury's verdict did not have to be unanimous -- only nine out of 12 of the jurors were required to agree.