Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician at the time of his death, has been found guilty of the singer’s involuntary manslaughter.
Following a six-week long trial, the jury spent eight hours in deliberation before returning the verdict shortly after 9:15pm tonight (UK time) at the Los Angeles county court.
Michael Jackson died of a heart attack, aged 50, in his rented home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles on June 25, 2009. He had been preparing for a series of comeback concerts, the This Is It tour, due to take place at the O2 Arena in London.
An autopsy revealed Jackson had died of a cardiac arrest caused by an overdose of sedatives and propofol – a drug usually used as an anaesthetic in surgery.
Prosecutors accused Murray of gross negligence in giving Jackson propofol as a sleeping aid after rehearsals for the concerts. The defence claimed Jackson could have administered a fatal dose of the powerful drug himself.
Murray, 58, will remain in custody until 29 November, when sentencing will take place. He could face up to four years in prison and is likely to lose his medical licence.