Closing arguments in case against Jackson doctor
The evidence against Michael Jackson's doctor is "overwhelming," the prosecution said Thursday in closing arguments that mark the last phase in the trial of Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the late pop star's death, DPA reported.
Jackson died from an overdose of the drug propofol, a hospital anesthetic that was meant to combat Jackson's insomnia, but instead gave him a heart attack.
State Prosecutor David Walgren said Murray is responsible for the singer's death. Because of Murray's actions, Jackson's children Paris, Prince and Blanket lost their father, Walgren said in a Los Angeles court in front of the jury.
He listed numerous allegations, such as that Murray did not immediately call an emergency physician when he discovered a lifeless Jackson in his bedroom.
Murray allegedly administered the narcotic propofol outside a hospital to combat Jackson's insomnia, an action that Walgren called "negligent." According to autopsy reports, Jackson died in June 2009 of "acute poisoning" of propofol and a mix of other medicines.
The defense was also slated to make its closing arguments Thursday. Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff is expected to argue that Jackson had injected himself with the deadly dose, as the doctor was not in the room.
On Thursday or Friday the jury will begin its deliberations. In case of a guilty verdict, the 58-year-old doctor faces up to four years in jail.