Dr. Conrad Murry has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
After about two months of trial and deliberation, the 13-person jury handed down the verdict on Jackson’s personal physician at roughly 4 p.m. (EST).
Murray has been remanded to jail without bail until sentencing on Nov. 29, said Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. Involuntary manslaughter carries a sentence of up to four years in prison, reported CNN.
“He poses a risk to the public,” Pastor said as police officers approached and handcuffed Murray. “Remand is appropriate.”
The news of the verdict has taken the world by storm—if not surprise—gathering at least four worldwide trending topics. They include “Conrad Murray GUILTY,” “involuntary manslaughter,” “king of pop,” and #verdict. Combined these topics have been tweeted more than 80,000 times in the last 30 minutes, according to statistics from Topsy, a social media search engine.
“KING OF POP MICHAEL JACKSON FINALLY GETS JUSTICE,” tweeted Paulie Fenty (@trendeh).
According to the prosecution, Murray administered “a hospital-grade drug for insomnia in Jackson's home without proper monitoring and resuscitation equipment” on June 25, 2009, reported USA Today. Jackson was treated by paramedics at his Los Angeles home and pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He was 50.
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