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Michael Jackson death jury agrees verdict: Court

world Updated: Nov 08, 2011 08:46 IST
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Jurors in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray reached a verdict on Monday at the end of his involuntary manslaughter trial, court officials said.

The seven men and five women were expected to give their decision at 1:00 pm (2100 GMT), after family, media and other interested parties returned to the downtown Los Angeles court where it was to be read out.

"The jury in People v. Conrad Murray indicates it has reached a verdict. The verdict will be read at 1:00 pm," said a short Los Angeles Superior Court statement.

Murray faces up to four years in jail and could be banned from practicing medicine if convicted of Jackson's death from an overdose of propofol on June 25, 2009.

Since opening on September 27, the trial at Los Angeles' Superior Court has heard from 49 witnesses - 33 for the prosecution, and 16 for the defense.

In his closing arguments last week, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Murray caused the star's death through negligence and greed, depriving Jackson's children of their father and the world of a "genius."

The defense, meanwhile, argued that Jackson was a desperate drug addict who caused his own death by taking more medicines while Murray was out of the room at the star's rented mansion in Los Angeles.

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