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More than two years after the tragic, untimely death of Michael Jackson at the age of 50, a jury of 12 individuals in the criminal trial of Dr. Conrad Murray — the singer’s personal doctor who was with him at the time of his death — found the doctor guilty of involuntary manslaughter for providing Jackson with a fatal combination of propofol and two other sedatives on June 25, 2009. Murray was present when Jackson ingested the perilous cocktail that led to his cardiac arrest. Murray himself called 911.
The jury deciding Murray’s fate spent close to six weeks determining whether the doctor was criminally negligent when treating Jackson with what the medical experts provided by the prosecution referred to as “gross negligence.” The jury’s deliberation took two days.
Lawyers representing Murray countered that Jackson self-administered the fatal dose, while the prosecution countered that Murray’s decision to provide those drugs outside of a hospital setting was a “recipe for disaster.”
Murray pleaded “not guilty” to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and chose not to testify during the trial.
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