Conrad Murray: No verdict in first day of jury deliberations
Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Conrad Murray, completed their first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict.
The jury will return to the downtown L.A. courthouse Monday to continue deliberations.
If convicted in the pop star's death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, Murray faces up to four years in prison.
The case was officially submitted to the jury late Thursday after closing arguments.
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.
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, causing his own death.
-- 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