The jury in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray — charged in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson — began its deliberations at 8:30am PT Friday, RadarOnline.com is reporting
After the jury reaches its verdict, two hours will pass before the verdict is read to give the key players in the case time to get to the courtroom.
The panel of seven men and five women began deliberating after choosing a foreperson.
Legal experts say it’s impossible to predict how long the jury will be out – but since there is only one count (involuntary manslaughter) for the panel to consider – and given the fact that its Friday and the jurors may be anxious to start their weekend, some predict the verdict could come relatively quickly.
Meanwhile, Dr. Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff told jurors during his closing argument Thursday that the Houston-based cardiologist was “just a little fish in a big dirty pond,” attempting to convey that Jackson was responsible for his own death.
“Michael Jackson went into his bathroom and took Lorazepam,” and then died later that morning, and nothing could be done to save the King of Pop, Chernoff maintained.
“Dr. Murray did not kill Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said.
Prosecutor David Walgren addressed the doctor simply as “Conrad Murray” during his final closing remarks. “Conrad Murray is responsible for the death of Michael Jackson,” he said.
If found guilty of the single involuntary manslaughter charge, Dr. Murray could be sentenced to four years in state prison.