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Conrad Murray jurors begin deliberations in Jackson death

November 4, 2011 |  9:05 am

Conrad Murray in court Nov 3 2011
Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, began deliberations Friday.

If convicted in the pop star's death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, he faces up to four years in prison.

The case was officially submitted to the jury late Thursday after closing arguments.

FULL COVERAGE: Trial of Conrad Murray

An attorney for Murray told jurors Thursday his client would never have been put on trial were it not for the pop star’s celebrity.

“Somebody’s got to say it: If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, if it were anybody else, would this doctor be here today?” defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors.

The defense accused prosecutors of playing on the emotions of jurors by repeatedly showing them a photo of Jackson’s children, a device Chernoff said was designed to paint Jackson as a victim.

A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that the testimony of a renowned anesthesiologist in Murray's defense was "junk science."

The harsh rebuke of the testimony of Dr. Paul White, a leading expert on the surgical anesthetic propofol, came near the conclusion of the prosecution's closing argument.

White, who was among the first scientists in the U.S. to study the drug, testified over four days in Murray's defense and said Jackson probably injected himself with the drug and caused his own death.

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-- Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan at L.A. County Superior Court

Photo: Conrad Murray, center, stands with defense attorneys J. Michael Flanagan, second from left, and Ed Chernoff, right, before the start of Thursday's court proceedings. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Pool

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