Michael Jackson trial: guilty verdict for Dr Conrad Murray

The doctor who was treating the singer when he died has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

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Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s physician at the time of his death, has been found guilty of the singer’s involuntary manslaughter.

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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.

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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.