A verdict was reached today in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in connection with the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson.
The verdict: guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Moments after the verdict was read, Dr. Murray was led from the courtroom in handcuffs. Sentencing was set for Nov. 29.
The jury deliberated about 10 hours, including eight hours on Friday and about two hours this morning, before reaching its decision.
Entertainment Weekly summarized the trial this way: “During the six-week trial, prosecutors depicted Dr. Conrad Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009. Attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.”
Predictably, the scene surrounding the trial became a media circus, with supporters of Dr. Murray and fans of Michael Jackson often clashing outside the Los Angeles courtroom. The activities inside and outside the courtroom received full coverage on HLN throughout the trial.
The jury announced at 10:56 a.m. PT today that it had reached a verdict, buzzing three times on a buzzer connected to the courtroom according to a prearranged signal. The reading of the verdict was set for about two hours later, allowing time for the defendant, legal teams and the family of Michael Jackson to arrive in court.
Dr. Murray was reportedly with his family in Santa Monica, Calif., when word came down that the jury had made its decision, and arrived in the courtroom a little after 1 p.m.
Dr. Conrad Murray