After a six-week long trial filled with disturbing photos, audio and details of the King of Pop’s private life, the verdict of Dr. Conrad Murray’s responsibility in the death of Michael Jackson has been revealed — the jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The 58-year-old cardiologist faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison and a minimum sentence of probation. He also faces the probable loss of his medical license.
Over the course of the six-week trial, Murray’s defense team argued that Jackson was addicted to the drug propofol and that his death was caused by the singer self-administering the drug when Murray was not around.
Prosecutors argued that the doctor had been reckless when caring for Jackson, particularly when he was under the effects of the drug on the day of his death, June 25, 2009. They also claimed Murray was responsible for his death through acts of “criminal negligence” in using such a powerful drug for insomnia in Jackson’s home without proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment.
Jackson’s family arrived at the court house to hear the verdict be read, and it was mad house as fans of Michael Jackson swarmed the entrance:
Murray is currently being held without bail. He will be sentenced on November 29.