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Conrad Murray "guilty" of involuntary manslaughter


The shadow of a Michael Jackson impersonator from China is cast as he performs for thousands of fans gathered outside the Saga Cinema in Beijing on October 27, 2009.



Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty Monday in the death of the pop singer.

The jury deliberated for two days and then announced the verdict Monday afternoon, USA Today reports. The jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

CNN reports that after a jury found Murray, 58, guilty of involuntary manslaughter, a crowd of Jackson fans cheered outside the courthouse.

The trail had lasted for six weeks and involved 33 prosecution witnesses, 16 defense witnesses and more than 340 exhibits.

Jackson, a global pop icon, died on June 25, 2009, after overdosing on propofol, a surgical anesthetic. He was 50.

The prosecutor, David Walgren, argued that Murray failed to fulfill his duty to care for his patient and committed acts of "criminal negligence," USA Today reports.

Walgren said Murray caused Jackson's death through acts of "criminal negligence" in using a hospital-grade drug for insomnia in Jackson's home without proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment. Murray also acted negligently in delaying 20 minutes before calling 911, attempting CPR incompetently and failing to tell rescue personnel he had used propofol, Walgren said.

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