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A verdict has been reached in the case of Dr. Conrad Murray, the official physician of pop star Michael Jackson in the days leading up to his death. The verdict is scheduled to be read at 4 p.m. ET Monday, Nov. 7.
The trial wraps up two years after Jackson, age 50, went into cardiac arrest at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, on June 25.
Conrad was the only person to witness Jackson’s cardiac arrest.
Conrad is being tried for involuntary manslaughter after prosecutors argue that he administered a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic usually reserved for surgeries.
Coroners found .13 milligrams of the drug in Jackson’s stomach.
Various empty and full bottles of the drug were found around Jackson’s home. Sources say Jackson was very familiar with the drug, contacting doctors in the past for its prescription approval, and referring to it as his “milk.”
Jackson, who suffered from a severe sleeping disorder, was taking prescription drugs to catch up on rest in preparation for his upcoming rigorous 50 concert tour at London’s O2 arena beginning in July.
The Jackson family agrees that Jackson was in no physical shape to do such a large tour; he had recently had a broken back, and was in no state to do 50 tour dates.
Jackson fans argue not only did Murray provide Jackson with an excessive amount of propofol and sedatives, but that he should not have been encouraging Jackson to do the tour in the first place.
Rather, he should have urged Jackson to rest using holistic methods, not prescription drugs.
Propofol is usually only used in surgical procedures, and the majority of doctors argue it should never be used as a sleep aid.
Jackson was 136 pounds at 5’9” when he died.