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Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Death of Michael Jackson

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Dr. Conrad Murray listens as defense attorney Ed Chernoff (not pictured) gives the defense's closing arguments during the final stage of Conrad Murray's defense in his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 3, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical licenses if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A Los Angeles jury has found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. After about nine hours of deliberation spread over two days, seven men and five women said Dr. Murray was criminally responsible for the role that the medication he administered played in Jackson’s 2009 death. Conrad used the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat the singer’s insomnia in what the prosecution called “a pharmaceutical experiment on Michael Jackson … an obscene experiment.” Murray faces up to four years in prison and could lose his medical license. His attorneys said the case should have been handled by the state medical board. “If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?” the defense argued. “He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond.”

Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty