Closing Arguments To Begin In Michael Jackson Doc Trial

Closing arguments are set to begin Thursday in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal physician.

The jury of seven men and five women will hear from prosecutors and defense attorneys who will summarize their respective cases after 22 days of testimony.

Prosecutors will try to show that Dr. Conrad Murray was criminally negligent by giving the singer the sedative as a sleep aid without the proper medical equipment. They contend the Houston-based cardiologist administered the fatal dose but have also elicited testimony that the doctor was distracted and left Jackson's bedside on the morning of the singer's death.

Defense attorneys will try to convince jurors that Murray didn't administer the fatal dose and that Jackson is to blame for his own death.

Murray has pleaded not guilty.


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Testimony has ended in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician.

Defense attorneys and prosecutors said Tuesday they have called their final witnesses after 22 days of testimony.

The final witnesses presented to jurors were a pair of anesthesia experts who had different theories on how Jackson died unexpectedly on June 25, 2009.

The panel did not hear from defendant Dr. Conrad Murray, who told a judge he would not testify in his own defense.

Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol, but defense attorneys claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose.

Murray has pleaded not guilty and could face up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license if convicted.


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