Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter
Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
The 58-year-old was convicted of administering a fatal dose of a powerful anaesthetic to the singer in June 2009.
Defence lawyers denied manslaughter, claiming that Michael Jackson had been addicted to the drug and had administered it himself, but the LA jury found Conrad Murray guilty following a six week trial.
During the case, jurors – and the public – were subjected to pictures of Jackson’s dead body in hospital and recordings of the singer sounding drugged.
Murray was accused of being ‘reckless’ and leaving Jackson alone whilst under the effects of the anaesthetic, prescribed to help the singer sleep. Yesterday, the trial came to an end after the jury voted unanimously.
Judge Michael Pastor denied an appeal for bail, saying that Murray was, ‘now a convicted felon who has been deemed the causative factor in Michael Jackson’s death.’
Fans camped outside the court cheered when the verdict was read out and Murray was handcuffed and taken away for sentencing on 29th November.
Michael Jackson’s family was in court to hear the verdict and sister La Toya (@latoyajackson) tweeted: ‘Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support!’ before adding cryptically, ‘Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!’
The singer died in June 2009, aged just 50, as he was preparing for a series of concerts in London