After more than a month of testimony, the seven men and five women jury in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial have found Dr. Conrad Murray, guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Murray’s defense had argued that Jackson gave himself a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic drug propofol in an effort to treat his chronic insomnia.
The prosecution portrayed Murray as a reckless doctor who accepted a salary of $150,000 a month to medically care for the pop legend, but abused his position by administering unusual doses of propoful in the singer’s home.
The trial, which was widely covered in the media, at times seemed more like the coverage of a musical happening, with scores of fans and the usual assortment of Jackson impersonators, than it did a serious and sometimes morbid event.
During the trial, the Jurors heard the weak and eerie voice of the once vibrant Jackson, resonating across the room of the downtown Los Angeles courthouse, as he labored under the influence of potent drugs.
And this, for some, will undoubtedly be the one lasting memory of this highly publicized trial; the sometimes slurred and undistinguishable voice of the King of Pop as he lay dependent on his doctor and the effect of drugs which allowed him sleep.