The seven-man, five-woman jury rang a buzzer three times following nearly three hours of deliberation Monday to indicate that they had reached a unanimous decision in the felony case against the Houston cardiologist.
The 10:56 a.m. buzz came after jurors deliberated for seven hours on Friday and came to no conclusion. The verdict is slated to be read in court around 1 p.m. PT. The jurors listened to six weeks of testimony in the trial and were tasked with deciding if Murray was criminally negligent in his treatment of Jackson, including if his administration of the surgical anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid to the 50-year-old pop icon was a factor in the singer's death.
The jurors had to weigh the opinions of a number of medical professionals called by the prosecution, who painted a picture of a physician who did not follow accepted protocols and who they claimed was motivated by a big payday. The defense countered with former patients of Murray's who attested to his generosity and attention, as well as experts who refuted the prosecution expert's claims that it was Murray who provided the final, fatal dose of sedatives and propofol that sent Jackson into cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
In his closing statement Thursday, prosecutor David Walgren said the evidence that Murray was responsible for Jackson's death was "overwhelming" and "abundantly clear." Defense counsel Ed Chernoff countered that it was Jackson who caused his own death, not Murray.
Murray is facing up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.
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