By Art Harris, The Bald Truth, (c) www.artharris.com, all rights reserved
Within minutes, the manslaughter verdict of Dr. Conrad Murray will be read, ending a six week trial to determine whether the $150,000 a month cardiologist Michael Jackson hired to administer the pop star’s insomnia drug of choice, Propofol, is guilty of killing him, or whether the pop star was an addict gave who gave himself the fatal dose.
“Every single doctor that testified in this case said they would never do what Conrad Murray did,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told jurors in closing arguments last Thursday.
But defense attorneys have argued the superstar did himself in, taking powerful painkillers for years, and creating a “perfect storm” of drugs inside his body that led to his death on June 25, 2009.
“At what point to we draw the line about Dr. Murray’s responsibility for a grown-up,” defense attorney Ed Chernoff said during closing arguments.
The jury began going over attorneys’ arguments and testimony from nearly 50 witnesses at about 8:30 a.m. Friday in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse, and sent word to the judge Monday afternoon they had reached a verdict.