The jury has returned a verdict of in the Dr. Conrad Murray manslaughter trial. Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.
After less than two days of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict for the man who worked as MJ’s personal physician leading up to his ill-fated This Is It tour.
The panel buzzed the L.A. Superior Courtroom three times from the deliberation room this morning, signaling it had made a decision after the six-week trial.
The verdict was just announced, and Murray was found guilty.
In the six-week trial, prosecutors hammed home the argument that Murray recklessly administered a lethal dose of the powerful anesthesia Propofol to MJ.
Moreover, they painted a picture of a man concerned for his own well being instead of his patient, and said all of Murray’s decisions led to Jackson’s death.
Also, his self-described timeline of events simply did not add up.
His defense attorneys claimed that Michael Jackson was in the midst of an irreversible downward spiral of addiction, and accidentally gave himself a fatal dose.
That always felt like a stretch, but they had to argue something.
UPDATE: We’ve posted video of the reading of the verdict below.
After the verdict was read aloud, you can hear La Toya Jackson and Kathy Hilton (Paris’ mom, and a family friend) cry out, before they are quickly shushed:
Dr. Conrad Murray guilty verdict: Did the jury get it right?