Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray has been convicted on Monday 7th November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter.
Michael tagically died on the 25th June 2009 at his rented mansion in Los Angeles, right before his comeback tour ‘This Is It’.
After a long and detailed six week trial that was televised in the U.S, yesterday Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, was sentenced guilty to manslaughter and now faces losing his medical license and serving a maximum of four years imprisonment.
It took a panel of seven men and five women a grueling two days of deliberation before they reached their verdict.
During the six week long trial, 49 witnesses and more than 300 pieces of evidence were presented to the court.
The defence argued that Michael was a drug addict who had caused his own death after overdosing while the cardiologist was out of the room, he was said to have given himself and extra dose of the drug Propofol, used for inducing and maintaining anesthesia during certain surgeries, procedures or tests.
However, in the closing argument last Thursday, the prosecution said Dr. Murray had caused Michael Jackson’s death through negligence, depriving the star’s children of their father and the world of a ‘genuis’.
There was a shriek in the courtroom as the verdict was read, whilst outside the courtroom the crowd that had gathered along the street erupted in cheers and chanting, all the while Murray appeared motionless as if he already knew the verdict.
Michael’s family simply sat quietly weeping in the courtroom.
Later though LaToya broke the silence, telling the Associated Press news agency the family was overjoyed at the verdict, later tweeting:
‘VICTORY!!!!!!’ and ‘Judge Pastor you were INCREDIBLE!!! Thank You So Much!!!’
Doctor Murray has since been remanded in custody without bail until he receives his sentence on 29th November 2011.