The jury of seven men and five women began their deliberations at 8:30 a.m. PT Friday after hearing 22 days of testimony involving nearly 50 witnesses. They were sent home over the weekend but returned their verdict on Monday afternoon. There was a time delay after the jury reached their verdict before it was announced, to allow time for members of Michael Jackson and Conrad Murray’s families and friends to get back to court.
Sentencing of Conrad Murray will take place within the next two weeks and he could be sentenced to a maximum of four years in prison and lose is medical license. However, because of serious prison overcrowding, it is expected he will be imprisoned for much less time than that.
The verdict was announced 4 p.m. EST/1 p.m. PST to give people close to the case time to return to the Los Angeles County Courthouse.
The jury unanimously found the Houston-based cardiologist guilty of involuntary manslaughter. When the verdict was announced there was an emotional cry of relief and satisfaction from a female in the courthouse, that he was found guilty.
Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson’s personal physician at the time of his death in June, 2009 when the pop star was 50 years old. The jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer lethal doses of the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him deal with chronic insomnia.