Jury Deliberations Begin In Conrad Murray Trial
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, have gone home for the day. Jury deliberations began Friday morning, and will continue Monday.
Murray is accused of administering a deadly dose of the anesthetic to the pop star before his death on June 25, 2009.
During closing arguments Thursday, the prosecution reminded the jury that Murray lied to paramedics about Jackson’s health and delayed calling 911 before he died.
“This type of medical care has never been seen. This was a pharmaceutical experiment in a bedroom,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told jurors Thursday.
The defense didn’t dispute that Murray was negligent, but they argued that he was not criminally responsible for Jackson’s death.
Murray’s lawyers contend Jackson injected himself with the deadly dose of propofol when Murray left his bedroom.
“The prosecution during these six weeks have absolutely failed to prove a crime,” defense attorney Ed Chernoff said. “Somebody’s gotta just say it. If it were anyone else besides Michael Jackson, anybody else, would this doctor be here today?”
Courtroom observers say the jury, which is comprised of seven men and five women, paid very close attention to the closing arguments.
The have 300 pieces of evidence to consider after listening to 49 witnesses during the six-week trial.
If Murray is convicted, he faces a sentence that ranges from probation to four years behind bars. He would also lose his medical license.