The closing arguments have been made and after a six-week trial and testimonies in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, the 12-member jury is currently in deliberation of the final verdict. [photogallerylink id=54547 align=left]
The jury began deliberation early Friday morning and could decide on a verdict at any moment, but there’s no telling how long they’ll take to reach a verdict. The Jackson family was not in the courtroom this morning, but are currently on standby awaiting notice once the jury decides on Murray’s fate.
The jury began discussions at the Los Angeles Courthouse Friday morning, which could either result in a conviction of Murray that could put him behind bars for up to four years, or an acquittal of the involuntary manslaughter charges.
The prosecution and defense both made their closing arguments on Thursday as the jury listened intently to each side. Prosecution solely puts the blame of Michael Jackson’s death in 2009 on Dr. Conrad Murray, citing negligence and administering the fatal dosage of propofol to help him sleep.
“Poor Conrad Murray,” prosecutor David Walgren replied in his final speech to jurors. “Michael Jackson is dead. And we have to hear about poor Conrad Murray and no doctor knows what it’s like to be in his shoes.”
Murray’s defense team argued that the real reason Michael Jackson died was because he craved the anesthetic so much, the Jackson gave himself the fatal dosage after Murray left the room.
“They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said.
While we all await the jury’s final verdict on the case, the Jackson family is also on standby and will get a 2-hours notice once the verdict is reached. The family will then head to the courthouse to hear the verdict, which could be reached at any moment now.
So what do you think the outcome will be? Will the jury find Dr. Conrad Murray guilty or innocent of involuntary manslaughter?