LOS ANGELES (AP) - A jury has convicted Michael Jackson's doctor
of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's 2009 drug death.
The jury reached its verdict Monday after deliberating less than
nine hours. Prosecutors depicted Dr. Conrad Murray as a reckless
physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of
the powerful anesthetic propofol.
Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that
Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal
dose when Murray left his bedroom.
Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician as the
singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.
Murray did not testify during the trial but previously
acknowledged to police that he gave Jackson propofol and other
sedatives on the morning the singer died.
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