Michael Jackson's doctor convicted in star's death
(AP) - Michael Jackson's doctor was convicted Mondayof involuntary manslaughter after a trial that painted him as areckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerfulanesthetic that killed the pop star.
The verdict against Dr. Conrad Murray marked the latest chapterin one of pop culture's most shocking tragedies - the death of theKing of Pop on the eve of the singer's heavily promoted comebackconcerts.
The jury deliberated less than nine hours. Murray, 58, faces asentence of up to four years in prison. He could also lose hismedical license.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The complete story of his deathfinally emerged during the six-week trial. It was the tale of atormented genius on the brink of what might have been his greatesttriumph with one impediment standing in his way - extreme insomnia.
Testimony came from medical experts, household employees andMurray's former girlfriends, among others.
The most shocking moments, however, came when prosecutorsdisplayed a large picture of Jackson's gaunt, lifeless body on ahospital gurney and played the sound of his drugged, slurred voice,as recorded by Murray just weeks before the singer's death.
Jackson talked about plans for a children's hospital and hishope of cementing a legacy larger than that of Elvis Presley or TheBeatles.
"We have to be phenomenal," he said about his "This Is It"concerts in London. "When people leave this show, when peopleleave my show, I want them to say, `I've never seen nothing likethis in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go.It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world."'
Throughout the trial, Jackson family members watched from thespectator gallery, fans gathered outside with signs and T-shirtsdemanding, "Justice for Michael," and an international presscorps broadcast reports around the world. The trial was televisedand streamed on the Internet.
Prosecutors portrayed Murray as an incompetent doctor who usedthe anesthetic propofol without adequate safeguards and whoseneglect left Jackson abandoned as he lay dying.
Murray's lawyers sought to show the doctor was a medical angelof mercy, with former patients vouching for his skills. Murray toldpolice from the outset that he gave Jackson propofol and othersedatives as the star struggled for sleep to prepare for his shows.But the doctor said he administered only a small dose on the dayJackson died.
Lawyers for Murray and a defense expert blamed Jackson for hisown death, saying the singer gave himself the fatal dose ofpropofol while Murray wasn't watching. A prosecution expert saidthat theory was crazy.
Murray said he had formed a close friendship with Jackson, nevermeant to harm him and couldn't explain why he died.
For the complete verdict in Dr. Murray's involuntary manslaughter case, go to channel 612 on you iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.