And the verdict is . . . GUILTY (Michael Jackson’s death at the hands of Conrad Murray)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The celebrity trial of the year appears to be  that of Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, for involuntary manslaughter. The jury said at 11:00 Los Angeles times Monday that it had reached a verdict. GUILTY, they said, one by one.

The Los Angeles Times reported that “Dr Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson’s death in 2009 from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated about six hours Friday and about two hours Monday. The panel did not ask any questions or request that any trial testimony be read back.”

The trial has been marked by testimony from both sides about Murray’s role in administering the drug, whether or not Jackson could have administered the lethal dose himself, and ultimately, about Jackson’s state of physical and mental health.

Murray chose not to testify in his own defense, which is common in the US, but made his decision known only 2 November, as the trial drew to a close.

The “foreperson” announced the news at 22:16 Swiss time: there was an error in the date of the “alleged incident” the judge announced before the verdict could be given. And then, one by one, the jurors said they found Murray guilty. The crowd gathered outside the Los Angeles County Courthouse cheered its approval.

Sentencing will be i29 November. Murray was remanded in custody, with bail refused.

Michael Jackson died 25 June 2009 of acute propofol poisoning and cardiac arrest.