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Doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson death

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A jury ruled that Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

A judge says Murray will be held without bail until he is sentenced later this month.

A seven-man, five-woman jury convicted Murray of being substantially responsible for Jackson’s June 2009 death on Monday after less than nine hours of deliberations. He was handcuffed in the courtroom.

The Houston-based cardiologist faces a possible sentence of probation to four years behind bars. He will also lose his medical license.

Prosecutors depicted Murray as a reckless physician who abandoned Jackson while he was under the effects of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25, 2009.

Attorneys for the cardiologist countered that Jackson was addicted to the drug and self-administered the fatal dose when Murray left his bedroom.

Murray agreed to become Jackson’s personal physician as the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts in 2009.

Murray did not testify during the trial but previously acknowledged to police that he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives on the morning the singer died.

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