Jurors in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial jury are expected to begin deliberations today to decide Murray's culpability in Michael Jackson's 2009 death.
The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication," and that sedatives were also a factor. Prosecutors contend Murray is criminally liable for Jackson's June 25, 2009 death because he recklessly administered the propofol, a potent surgical anesthetic drug, and was negligent in properly monitoring Jackson.
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Prosecutor David Walgren and defense attorney Ed Chernoff made closing arguments to the jury on Thursday.
Walgren called the evidence against Murray "overwhelming" and "abundantly clear" and said he had conducted an "obscene experiment" on Jackson. "Michael Jackson trusted Conrad Murray. He trusted him with his life. He trusted him with his own individual life and the future lives of his children," Walgren said. "And for that, Michael Jackson paid with his life."
Chernoff, meanwhile, maintained that no crime had been committed, and that Murray is only on trial because Jackson was a celebrity.
"If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?" Chernoff said. "He was just a little fish in a big, dirty pond."
The defense contends Jackson gave himself the fatal doses of drugs, while the prosecution's case pointed to a propofol IV drip rigged by Murray as the source of the drugs. The issue could be one of the main considerations in the decision the jury will make regarding Murray's innocence or guilt.
Murray faces up to four years in prison and loss of his medical license if convicted, though a new California law could mean his sentence would be reduced to two years and be served in a county jail.
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