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Michael Jackson doctor verdict to be read at 1 p.m.

November 7, 2011 | 11:38 am

Michael Jackson supporters square off with Conrad Murray supporter Willie Hampton, left, on the sidewalk in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center where jurors have been deliberating the involuntary manslaughter charges against Dr. Conrad Murray.

The verdict in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician will be read at 1 p.m.

Just before 11 a.m., a buzzer in Judge Michael Pastor’s courtroom rang three times -- the sign jurors are to send when they have agreed on a verdict.

Court staff cleared reporters and Jackson fans from the courtroom. Court officials had said previously that they would delay reading the verdict for two hours to allow parties in the case -- including Jackson’s family –- to convene on the downtown courthouse.

Dr. Conrad Murray guilty in the death of Michael Jackson

The panel of seven men and five women deliberated for about nine hours before the buzzer sounded. Monday was the second day of deliberations.

Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison and the probable revocation of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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.

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.

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Photo: Michael Jackson supporters square off with Conrad Murray supporter Willie Hampton, left, on the sidewalk in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, where jurors have been deliberating the involuntary manslaughter charge against Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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