The Trial of Conrad Murray
The trial of Conrad Murray, for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on 25th June 2009 following his death from a massive overdose of Propofol, included evidence that had been obtained from his iPhone mobile phone by a DEA computer forensic examiner.
The manslaughter of Michael Jackson trial began on 27th September 2011 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Los Angeles, California before Judge Michael Pastor.
The Prosecution alleged that Michael Jackson had misplaced trust in Conrad Murray that had cost him his life. The Defence claimed that Michael Jackson was tired and under pressure due to rehearsal schedules took 8 tablets of Iorazepam when Doctor Murray had left the room and that this had ultimately killed him.
Evidence given during the trial showed that Conrad Murray had stayed with Michael Jackson, who suffered from insomnia, 6 nights a week and was frequently asked to provide drugs powerful enough to make him sleep.
Conrad Murray informed authorities that Michael Jackson was keen to be given propofol when other sedatives did not work.
Further evidence confirmed that Propofol in addition to other drugs in his system had played a key role in Michael Jackson’s death.
Mobile Phone Forensic Evidence Provided During the Trial of Conrad Murray
During the Trial, a DEA mobile phone forensic examiner provided evidence that emails had been found on Conrad Murray’s mobile phone that he had sent hours before Michael Jackson had died as well as medical charts that were not found elsewhere.
However, the key evidence was an audio recording of Michael Jackson made by Conrad Murray.
During the recording Michael Jackson was heard slurring his words as he shared his dreams about a children’s hospital that he wanted to be remembered for.
The 4 minute recording was made 6 weeks prior to the singer’s death and, the Prosecution alleged was the clearest evidence that the Conrad Murray knowingly continued to provide powerful anaesthetics that eventually killed him.
The Jury Verdict
The Jury found Conrad Murray Murray guilty of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson after 8 hours of deliberations and he was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
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