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Monday 24 November 2014

Jackson's doctor is found guilty

Michael Jackson fans celebrated outside court after Dr Conrad Muray was found guilty of the star's involuntary manslaughter
Michael Jackson fans celebrated outside court after Dr Conrad Muray was found guilty of the star's involuntary manslaughter

Michael Jackson's doctor has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter after he administered a lethal dose of a powerful anaesthetic that killed the pop star.

The verdict against Dr Conrad Murray marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture's most shocking tragedies - the death of the King of Pop on the eve of the singer's heavily promoted comeback concerts.

Members of Jackson's family, including his sister LaToya, wept quietly after the verdict was read at the Los Angeles court.

Mother Katherine Jackson later said: "I feel better now." Asked if she was confident this would be the outcome, she replied: "Yes I was."

La Toya Jackson said she was overjoyed. "Michael was looking over us," she said on her way out of the courthouse.

Murray sat stone-faced during the verdict and was handcuffed and taken into custody without bail until sentencing on November 29.

A shriek broke the eerie silence in the packed courtroom when the verdict was read, and the crowd erupted outside the courthouse. Jubilant Jackson fans cheered and sang "Beat It" as they held signs that read "guilty" and "killer".

The jury deliberated for less than nine hours. Murray faces a sentence of up to four years in prison. He could also lose his medical licence.

Los Angeles Superior Court heard that Murray, 58, gave the anaesthetic propofol to the singer to help him overcome his chronic insomnia, but prosecutors said the use of the drug as a sleeping aid violated standards of care.

Murray, who was due to be paid £150,000 a month for his role as the singer's doctor, acted in a criminally negligent way by using propofol as an insomnia treatment without the proper staff or medical equipment, the court was told.

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