Video: Jurors in trial against Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray begin deliberations
JURORS in Los Angeles have begun deliberations in the involuntary manslaughter trial against Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal doctor.
It is the first day that the seven-man, five-woman panel will consider the evidence against Dr Conrad Murray, who is accused of causing Jackson's death in June 2009.
He could face a sentence of up to four years in jail.
Mr Jackson caused his own death with an overdose of an anaesthetic, his lawyer said earlier this week.
Summing up for the defence, Dr Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff told the jury the Mr Murray should not be accused of it.
“The prosecution are asking you to convict Conrad Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson.
“Somebody’s got to say it.
“If it was anybody else but Michael Jackson would this doctor be here today?”
In his closing speech at the end of the five week trial prosecutor David Walgren said that Dr Murray was guilty of "gross negligence".
He also said Dr Murray had left the singer's children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, without a father.
Dr Murray, who denies any charge of involuntary manslaughter, is accused of causing Jackson's death in 2009 by giving him propofol, a surgical drug intended only for patients already in hospitals, in the bedroom of his Los Angeles mansion.