Jurors concluded on November 7, 2011 that Dr. Conrad Murray, former cardiologist for pop star Michael Jackson, was guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug overdose death of Jackson in 2009. According to The Los Angeles Times, jurors agreed with the prosecution that Murray had administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol and his negligent actions in response to Jackson’s following cardiac arrest were a major factor in the singer’s death.
During the six-week trial, Murray’s defense made the case that Jackson wanted the drugs and gave himself the overdose, while the prosecution asserted that, even though Jackson wanted the drugs, Murray had administered the dose and was fully responsible for the welfare of his patient.
Murray now awaits sentencing on November 29 after being denied bail following his conviction. Under California law, Murray could be sentenced to a maximum of 4 years of prison time. Lawsuits from Jackson’s family and decisions regarding the cardiologist’s medical privileges are expected to move forward now that the trial has ended.
Involuntary manslaughter is defined as the unintentional but unlawful killing of another without the intention to kill caused by reckless or criminally negligent actions. This charge is subject to the least amount of penalties of all criminal charges that deal with the killing of another.
Being accused of the crime of killing another person, whether it is involuntary or voluntary manslaughter, second degree murder, or first degree murder, is a serious charge regardless of the state a person resides in. It is important for individuals facing violent crimes to be fully aware of their legal rights and options for defense. Those who have been charged with a crime in Florida should contact the Florida violent crime defense attorneys at Musca Law. Call our offices today for a complimentary consultation on your case at (800) 687-2252.