A jury convicted Michael Jackson's personal doctor Monday of killing the King of Pop with a deadly dose of a surgery-grade anesthetic he regularly gave the star as a sleeping aid.
Dr. Conrad Murray, 58, faces four years in prison for involuntarily manslaughter after the jury returned a unanimous verdict. The six-week trial captivated viewers worldwide, and featured a shocking photo of Jackson's lifeless body and recordings of him highly drugged and incoherently mumbling.
Jackson died at the age of 50 on June 25, 2009 after he was unresponsive in his Los Angeles mansion.
Dozens of fans outside the courtroom cheered and others cried after the verdict was read.
"Justice was served," said Katherine Jackson, the late singer's mother. "Michael is with us."
Because of new laws and prison overcrowding, Murray will likely serve much less than four years, and it's possible he merely get house arrest. He will be sentenced on Nov. 29.
Murray had pleaded not guilty to giving the "Thriller" singer a fatal dose of the drug propofol, which was ruled as Jackon's main cause of death. Prosecutors said Murray was grossly negligent in administering the propofol to help Jackson sleep, but the defense claimed Jackson delivered the fatal dose to himself.
The judge, surprising many observers, ordered Murray to be held in custody until his sentencing at the end of the month because he was seen, as a threat to the public. Murray has been free on bail for two years.
Jackson died about three weeks before he was scheduled to begin a series of concerts in London aimed at returning him to the limelight after the humiliation of his 2005 trial and acquittal on child molestation.
Trial watchers had said the guilty verdict was almost assured. Prosecutors were required to prove only that Murray was reckless in his care, and the judge told jurors that the doctor could be found guilty even if the jury believed that Jackson gave himself the propofol, as long as such a possibility was foreseeable.
"The prosecution did a great job of creating a portrait [of Murray] that asked, 'Is this how someone would have acted if he was responsible?'" said Marcellus McRae, former federal prosecutor and a trial lawyer with New York-based law firm Gibson Dunn.
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