Conrad Murray, the doctor who was Michael Jackson‘s personal physician at the time of his untimely death in June of 2009, was found guilty on manslaughter charges in a California courtroom just moments ago.
The trial of Conrad Murray began back on September 27th with a bombshell; on the first day of the trial, prosecutors unveiled a shocking audio tape of a totally-out-of-it Michael Jackson slurring his words, a recording that was captured just six weeks before Jackson’s untimely passing. This previously unheard recording went a long way towards establishing Murray in the eyes of the jury (not to mention the public-at-large) as an incompetent doctor at best, a murderer at worst.
Over the next six weeks, scads of medical experts testified for either the prosecution and Murray’s defense team, who painted Michael Jackson as a Propofol addict who ran roughshod over Murray’s well-seasoned treatment methods. The trial concluded last Friday, and the jury spent over nine hours deliberating the case before reaching their verdict earlier today.
Now that this case is over, hopefully the millions of Michael Jackson fans the world over, in addition to the family members that MJ left behind, can finally begin the difficult process of getting some closure in a death that stunned that the entire world.
Fittingly, VH1 will be airing the world broadcast premiere of the 2009 Michael Jackson documentary film, This Is It, for the first time on tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Please tune in and share your thoughts about the one and only King Of Pop here in the comments section, or with @VH1 on Twitter using the hashtag #MJThisIsIt.
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