Jury deliberations began Friday in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
The seven men and five women heard from 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray’s girlfriends and patients, Jackson’s former employees, investigators, and medical experts for each side.
Prosecutor David Walgren told them Thursday the evidence that Murray caused Jackson’s death is “overwhelming” and “abundantly clear,” while defense lawyer Ed Chernoff argued no crime was committed.
“If it were anybody else but Michael Jackson, would this doctor be here today?” Chernoff asked, saying it’s a negligence case that should instead be heard by the state medical board.
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