Dr. Conrad Murray, on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, told a judge Tuesday that he does not wish to testify in the case, USA Today reports. That announcement effectively wrapped up the defense case, and testimony came to a close in the case later in the day.
Closing arguments will begin Thursday.
Murray, who was Jackson’s doctor when the singer died on June 25, 2009, had told the judge Monday that he had not yet made up his mind about whether to testify. His decision Tuesday was announced outside the presence of jurors.
A total of 49 witnesses took the stand during 22 days of testimony, including 16 defense witnesses, the story notes.
The story adds: “Prosecutors contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom of the singer’s mansion. Defense attorneys claim Jackson self-administered the dose when Murray left the room.”
Murray faces the possibility of up to four years in prison, along with the loss of his medical license, if he is convicted.