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Conrad Murray jury signals it has reached verdict in Jackson case

November 7, 2011 | 11:07 am

Conrad Murray in court Nov 3 2011

After deliberating for less than two days, jurors have signaled they have reached a verdict in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician.

They signaled the verdict just before 11 a.m.

Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's death in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Dr. Conrad Murray guilty in the death of Michael Jackson

The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated about six hours Friday and about two hours Monday. The panel did not ask any questions or request that any trial testimony be read back.

Jurors heard nearly a full day of closing arguments Thursday from attorneys from both sides.

An attorney for Murray told jurors Thursday that 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 also accused prosecutors of playing on the emotions of jurors by repeatedly showing them a photo of Jackson’s children in an effort 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 propofol, came near the conclusion of the prosecution's closing argument.

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


Jurors hear two views of Dr. Conrad Murray

Timeline:  Michael Jackson, 1958-2009

Photos:  Conrad Murray trial

— Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim

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 photo