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After deliberating for nearly 10 hours Monday, the jury in the Michael Jackson involuntary manslaughter trial involving Dr. Conrad Murray is expected to deliver its verdict at 4 p.m. ET.
The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, is scheduled to announce its decision on whether Murray is guilty or not guilty in the death of the late pop star.
Jackson, 50, died at his Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009, from a fatal dose of propofol, a very powerful anesthetic said to normally be administered in hospitals.
Prosecutors allege that Murray, 58, gave Jackson excessive amounts of propofol when the pop legend claimed he needed to sleep.
"Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson!" deputy DA David Walgren said in his closing arguments last week, according to the New York Post.
Meanwhile, the Houston, Texas doctor's defense attorneys tried to convince jurors that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.
"They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," defense lawyer Ed Chernoff said. "This is not a reality show. It is reality."
If the jury finds Murray guilty, he could be sentenced to up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.
Laws aimed at overcrowded prisons could mean a convicted Murray spends only a few actual months behind bars, the NY Post reported.
The Associated Press described jurors as "white, black and Hispanic, mostly middle-aged and live in an assortment of suburbs in the Los Angeles urban sprawl. Most have children and some have grandchildren," also noting that "they include a professor, postman, bus driver, actor and movie animation supervisor."
Observers of the closely-watched trial were already offering their predictions of the jury's verdict on Twitter.
Lil Duval wrote: "I'm willing to bet one whole dollar that conrad Murray be found not guilty. What up?"
Justin Stangel wrote: "Jury has reached a verdict in Conrad Murray trial. I hope they find him guilty & say he's not allowed to kill any more celebrities."
Journalist Toure also made his prediction, tweeting Friday, the first day of the jury's deliberation: "The Conrad Murray jury couldn't reach a decision today. Still my guess is guilty of involuntary manslaughter."
Some media outlets were streaming the verdict live online at 4 p.m. ET, including CBS News