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Jackson jury fails to reach verdict on first day

The jury in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray ended its first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict, court officials said.

world Updated: Nov 05, 2011 08:26 IST

The jury in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray ended its first day of deliberations Friday without reaching a verdict, court officials said.

The seven men and five women went home and will resume their reflections on Monday on whether the 58-year-old medic is guilty of involuntary manslaughter over the star's June 25, 2009 death.

"The jury has concluded deliberations for today and will resume on Monday, Nov. 7, at approximately 8:30 am" (1630 GMT), the Los Angeles Superior Court said in a short statement.

Murray faces up to four years in jail if convicted over Jackson's death from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol, given to help him sleep at his home in Los Angeles, where he was rehearsing a series of comeback shows in London.

The jury began considering its verdict after a day of drama Thursday, when prosecution and defense lawyers presented their closing arguments at the trial, which began on September 27.

In a powerful summary, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the 58-year-old medic caused the star's death through negligence and greed, depriving his children of their father and the world of a "genius."

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff then took the floor to claim that Murray was "a little fish in a big dirty pond," alleging that key witnesses conspired to agree on a story after Jackson died.