A jury today starts its deliberations in the manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s doctor.
Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison if found guilty of causing the death of the self-styled king of pop in 2009.
In closing arguments, Prosecutor David Walgren told the court: “Ladies and gentlemen, the evidence in this case is overwhelming, the evidence in the case is abundantly clear that Conrad Murray acted with criminal negligence, that Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson.”
But the defence claims Doctor Murray is being blamed for Jackson’s own actions. Experts say the performer died of an overdose of medication.
Defence lawyer Ed Chernoff told the court: “If you’re going to hold Dr. Murray responsible, don’t do it because it’s Michael Jackson. This is not a reality show. It’s reality. And the decision you make isn’t making good TV, it’s how it effects real human beings and people that love them.”
Doctor Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and decided not to testify at the trial. He was hired by Jackson as he prepared for a series of comeback concerts.