In an interview with The Associated Press last September, Jermaine Jackson, the brother of the late Michael Jackson, said that the trial "won’t bring Michael back."
Still, after more than a month of testimony, through 49 witnesses, and almost two days of deliberation, the seven men and five women in the jury in the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.
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.
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.
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.
For many, the verdict of the trial will never bring back the haunting voice of the child balladeer or the exuberant performer which once enthralled legions of fans. Still, this verdict will bring closure to many who were stunned by the untimely death of the music icon.