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Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.


Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson’s former doctor Dr Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter over the late singer’s death, by an LA jury.

Murray, who denied giving the pop superstar a fatal overdose of the powerful sedative, propofol on June 25, 2009, was convicted at around 1.15pm local time (9.15pm GMT) today (November 7) after a six week long trial, reports BBC News.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 29. Murray, who sat silently, shifting in his seat as the verdict was read out, is expected to face up to four years in prison and lose his license to practise medicine.

The jury, who reached a unanimous decision, deliberated throughout the day on Friday and most of this morning before reaching their verdict.

Members of the late singer’s family including his parents Joe and Katherine Jacksonturned up at the courthouse an hour before the verdict was read out. Outside the court,Michael Jackson fans were heard cheering and chanting “guilty, guilty”.

During the six-week trial, 49 witnesses have been heard and more than 300 pieces of evidence presented.

In their argument last Thursday (November 3), the prosecution said Dr Murray had caused the star’s death through negligence, depriving Jackson’s children of their father and the world of a “genius”.

The defence argued that Jackson was a drug addict who caused his own death by giving himself an extra dose of propofol while the cardiologist was out of the room at the star’s rented mansion in Los Angeles.

David Gest: ‘Michael Jackson never got over his hair catching on fire’

David Gest has claimed that Michael Jackson “never got over” the accident in which his hair caught fire while filming a commercial.

The singer’s head was infamously set alight when, during the recording of an advert forPepsi in 1984, a fireworks display erupted behind him. Footage of the incident was re-examined following Jackson’s death, with many pinning the start of his prescription drug use to the incident.

Gest, a friend of the late star, told BBC Breakfast that the accident had marked a turning point in his life. “When he started his solo career and he left Motown, when he did‘Off The Wall’‘Bad’ and ‘Thriller’, he was in complete control of everything he did. He was in charge,” he said.

“It was that accident, when you get a head concussion it changes your life because you get addicted to drugs, to get rid of all the pain, and that started with filming that commercial.”

Gest also claimed that Jackson had been forced to undergo a medical treatment known as ‘ballooning’, which involves expanding the scalp and is commonly used as a method of surgical hair restoration. He added: “He never got over that. He had ballooning, ballooning is when you expand the scalp, until the day he died he was being ballooned.”

Last week, a court in LA heard that the King of Pop was in “pharmacological never-never land” when he died. It was also claimed that his doctor, Conrad Murray, was “clueless” about the drug which allegedly ended the singer’s life.

Dr Steven Shafer, an expert who gave evidence at the trial, said that Dr Murray’s negligence in administering Propofol to the star directly led to his death. Dr Murray is not expected to testify during proceedings. The trial continues.

Michael Jackson was recently named the top earning dead celebrity for the second year running. His estate amassed $170 million (£106 million) between October 2010 and 2011, beating Elvis Presley into second place.

Michael Jackson’s family on Conrad Murray guilty verdict: ‘Justice was served’

Joe and Jermaine Jackson react to today’s (November 7) involuntary manslaughter conviction

Michael Jackson‘s father and brother have offered their reaction after the late singer’s doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of his involuntary manslaughter earlier today (November 7).

Speaking to Access Hollywood outside the Los Angeles court room, Joe and Jermaine Jackson said that “justice was served” after a jury of seven men and five women delivered their unanimous verdict.

Murray, who denied giving the self-styled King Of Pop a fatal overdose of the powerful sedative propofol, has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on November 29.

The 58-year-old physician is expected to face up to four years in prison and lose his license to practise medicine.

Michael Jackson’s sister LaToya shrieked in the courtroom as the verdict was read out, while outside fans were heard cheering and chanting “guilty, guilty.”

In their closing argument last Thursday (November 3), the prosecution said Dr Murray had caused the star’s death through negligence, depriving Jackson’s children of their father and the world of a “genius”.

The defence argued that Jackson was a drug addict who caused his own death by giving himself an extra dose of propofol while the cardiologist was out of the room at the star’s rented mansion in Los Angeles.

It was announced last week that Murray would not not be testifying in the court case.

Dr Conrad Murray will not testify in Michael Jackson court case

Murray informed the court of his decision today

Dr Conrad Murray will not be testifying in his own defence during the on-going trial in which he has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter of his patient Michael Jackson in June 2009.

Murray told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor that he would not be taking the witness stand earlier today (November 1), a day after saying that he had not made a final decision yet, reports the Associated Press.

If Murray is found guilty, he could face up to four years in jail and would lose his medical licence.

Last month, the court heard that Murray was “clueless” about the drug which allegedly ended the life of the King Of Pop. Dr Steven Shafer, an expert who gave evidence at theLos Angeles trial said that Murray’s negligence in administering propofol to the star directly led to his death.

Speaking about Murray’s apparent delay in calling 911 to get help for Jackson on the night he died, Shafer remarked: “I almost don’t know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable.”

 

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