Defense: Jackson at Fault for Own Death
In Thursday's closing arguments, Conrad Murray's defense team told jurors that Michael Jackson caused his own demise with an overdose of propofol and that Murray shouldn't be found responsible.
According to the Associated Press, defense attorney Ed Chernoff stood by the claim his team had been adamant in conveying to the courtroom and even asked, "If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?" during his closing statement. He added that prosecutors hadn't proven that Murray committed a crime by giving Jackson doses of the anesthetic as a sleep aid at the singer's home.
Chernoff urged the jury to consider Murray's prolonged interview with police and how, according to his words, proves that Murray didn't give Jackson the lethal dose. "They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," Chernoff said.
In his closing statements, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren projected images of Jackson's mourning children, telling jurors that Dr. Murray took away their father. Leaning on the tactic of evoking emotion from the courtroom, Walgren also reminded jurors of a scene in Jackson's bedroom when Paris tried to revive the singer's lifeless body, screaming "Daddy!"
"For Michael Jackson's children, this case goes on forever because they do not have a father," Walgren said. "They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray."
The Deputy District Attorney also revisited Murray treatment of Jackson, calling it bizarre and how there was no precedent for him to give the King of Pop propofol to help him sleep. Walgren then added that Jackson trusted Murray, an act that cost him his life.
The jury is said to begin deliberations tomorrow morning. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and could face up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.