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Jacko jury still out as doc waits on verdict over death

THE jury in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor ended their first day of deliberations without reaching a decision in the involuntary manslaughter case.

Their discussions behind closed doors in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse could lead to the conviction or acquittal of Dr Conrad Murray, who the panel has heard described alternately as an inept and opportunistic physician or a naive outsider granted access to Jackson's inner realm.

Media remain camped outside the Los Angeles court.

There was no sign of Murray or attorneys handling the case, but they will receive a two- hour notice when a verdict is reached.

Murray waived the need for his presence if the panel asks any questions, but must be present when a verdict is reached.

Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol; Murray has acknowledged giving Jackson propofol to help him sleep.

The real reason Jackson died, defence attorney Ed Chernoff argued, was because he craved the powerful anaesthetic so much that he gave himself a fatal injection when Murray left his bedside.

"They want you to convict Dr Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," Chernoff said.

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