The jury has started deliberations in relation to the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
The panel of seven-man, five-woman was given highlighters and blank forms to request evidence after deliberations began around 8:30 a.m. They recessed around 4 p.m. and were set to resume discussions on Monday.
It was expected that the jury will reach a unanimous verdict to either convict or acquit Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s June 2009 death. White, who was among the first scientists in the U.S. to study the drug, testified over four days in Murray’s defense and stated that Jackson probably injected himself with the drug, resulting in his own death.
Murray has admitted, giving Jackson propofol to help him sleep, saying that Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol; The jury is not sequestered and will deliberate during the court’s regular hours. A verdict will be read the same day it is reached.
In wake of arguments of the six-week trial, attorneys for the Houston-based cardiologist responded, attacking the prosecutors and their witnesses, saying they had over time developed stories and theories that placed the blame for Jackson’s death squarely on Murray.
The defense accused prosecutors of playing on the sentiments of jurors by repeatedly showing them a photo of Jackson’s children, a device Chernoff indicated was designed to paint Jackson as a victim.
A prosecutor told jurors Thursday that the testimony of a renowned anesthesiologist in Murray’s defense was “junk science.”
The harsh rebuke of the testimony of Dr. Paul White, a leading expert on the surgical anesthetic propofol, came near the conclusion of the prosecution’s closing argument.