Published Nov 07, 2011Since September, the world has been obsessively following the trail of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with accidentally killing Michael Jackson in June 2009. Now, a verdict has finally been reached, as Murray was found guilty on one count of involuntary manslaughter.
The jury came to their decision today (November 7) after about nine hours of deliberation over two days. Now that Murray has been found guilty, he faces up to four years in jail and the possible loss of his medical license.
Murray had plead not guilty, and initially claimed that Jackson's death was a suicide, but this defence was eventually dropped. Much of the trial centred on the drug propofol, a powerful anaesthetic that Murray reportedly administered to Jackson to help him sleep. The prosecution accused Murray of negligence for giving Jackson such large quantities of the drug, and for not monitoring Jackson properly after giving him a dose.
Even now that a verdict has been reached, Murray's troubles are far from over. Not only does he face potential jail time, he's still got a civil lawsuit from Jackson's father Joseph to contend with.