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OTRC: Conrad Murray trial: Case goes to jury, Michael Jackson's mom Katherine speaks

Nov. 3, 2011:Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray appears at his involuntary manslaughter trial.

Lawyers have finished making their closing arguments in the trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, and a Los Angeles jury has been told to begin deliberations on Friday in a bid to reach a verdict.

NOTE: You can watch the proceedings online: OnTheRedCarpet.com is hosting a LIVE STREAM of the Conrad Murray trial, which began in late September.

Murray, a 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist, had treated Jackson for years and gave the King of Pop medications, namely the anesthetic propofol, during the hours before his death on June 25, 2009 in what he says was an attempt to treat his insomnia. The doctor has pleaded not guilty to the single count of involuntary manslaughter.

"I know exactly how his mother feels right now," Jackson's 81-year-old mother, Katherine, told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Thursday, November 3, after attorneys for the defense and the prosecution made their closing arguments.

She said she believed "there was no intention to kill Michael" but that Murray "was negligent." The doctor's mother has often appeared in court during the trial, which began on September 27.

At the end of court proceedings on Thursday, the judge told the jury, which made up of seven men and five men, to begin deliberations on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. PT / 11:30 a.m. ET.

They are expected to signal they have reached a verdict by having a buzzer pressed three times. The judge is then set to announce that the jurors are expected to soon announce formally that a decision has been reached on the case. Approximately two hours afterwards, the verdict is expected to be read in court.

Autopsy results show that Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray had administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death. The King of Pop had suffered a cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Murray's attorneys had said the dose of propofol he gave was too low to be fatal and maintained Jackson injected himself with more of the drug and also swallowed several anti-anxiety pills while the doctor was away from his bedside. The doctor also told police that the singer was addicted to propofol and that he had tried to wean him off the drug by giving him other medications to treat his sleep problem.

A conviction of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and Murray, who had maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, could also lose his medical license.


During his argument, prosecutor David Walgren told the jurors that they are to decide whether Murray "acted with gross negligence or criminal negligence in his treatment of Michael Jackson and constituted a "substantial factor" in the King of Pop's death.

Walgren also mentioned Jackson's three children - Prince, Paris and Blanket.

"Paris ... screamed, 'Daddy!' as she broke down in tears," the prosecutor said. "Prince had a shocked look on his face and was crying. For Michael Jackson's children, this case will go on forever because they do not have a father. They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray. If he felt so much for his wellfare, then I would say this: Actions speak far louder than words. "

One of Murray's lawyers, Ed Chernoff, told the jury that the doctor was "brought into this situation because he thought he could help ... Michael Jackson sleep normally. He was wrong. Because Dr. Murray had no control over the situation because of what was happening in the background. He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond."

"If Dr. Murray did what he said he did, there was no danger to Michael Jackson," Chernoff said. "Michael Jackson cannot die from what Dr. Murray did. What (the prosecution is) really asking you to do is to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson."

A conviction of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and Murray, who had maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, could also lose his medical license.


Prosecutors had said Murray was busy making and taking phone calls and text messages in the hours before Jackson's death and have criticized him not calling 911 the moment he found the singer unresponsive in a bedroom, which Walgren called "bizarre." Chernoff pointed out that the doctor administered CPR to the singer when he found him unresponsive in a bedroom.

"You're a doctor in a private residence," Chernoff said. "You're a cardialogist and you're trained in advanced life support. Is it disregard for human life .. to try to revive your patient first?"

"It doesn't matter whether you leave the room and you go outside and play basketball or you leave the house and make phone calls," he added. "Dr. Murray did not kill Michael Jackson."

The prosecution has also criticized Murray for allegedly not maintaining proper medical and monitoring equipment while treating Jackson and for giving him propofol, typically administered in hospitals during surgeries, outside of a medical clinic or office.

Murray chose not to testify in person during the trial, although a recording of an interview he gave police after Jackson's death was played to the jury.

Murray had told police in an interview following Jackson's death that the singer had complained about insomnia and requested that he order propofol and give it to him on a nightly basis. Records presented to the jury in recent weeks show that the doctor ordered more than 4 gallons of it for him.

Murray had told police that Jackson "begged" for the drug on the day of his death to help him sleep, after being unable to do so for hours. He said that during the two months prior to Jackson's death, he gave the singer propofol "30 days a month, roughly every day" and that he "handled it fine," adding: "(Jackson) explained to me that he had taken it multiple times. He used it frequently on his tours. it was given to him by multiple other doctors."

Murray had also told police that in the days before Jackson's death, he tried to wean him off the drug by giving him other medications to treat his sleep problem.

Jackson's brother Tito and sister Rebbie have said they were aware the singer had a drug problem and that he had tried to intervene but added that they were unable to get close to him because of his security team, the Associated Press had reported.

The witnesses who have testified by request of prosecutors included Jackson's security guards, private chef and Kenny Ortega, co-director of the "This Is It"series of London concerts that the singer was preparing for prior to his death.

The defense team summoned witnesses such as Murray's past patients, who praised his treatment of them, as well as a doctor and nurse who had treated Jackson in the past. Both sides introduced their own experts on propofol.

Check out a summary of the Conrad Murray trial proceedings.