After a sensational six-week trial,
The jury of seven men and five women in
There were cheers from crowds of Jacko fans outside the court when the unanimous guilty verdict was delivered.
Prosecutors had painted
Lawyers for the cardiologist – who became
The singer died with a cocktail of sedatives and anaesthetics in his body.
The court heard the so-called King of Pop used the nickname "milk" for propofol - the powerful anaesthetic that killed him.
As well as taking the liquid drug, which is not meant to be a sleep aid, the star was given diazepam (Valium), lorazepam (Ativan) and midazolam (Versed) during a 10-hour period throughout the night and morning leading to his death.
During the trial Dr Steven Shafer, an expert on propofol, said it was almost unheard of to give the drug as a treatment for insomnia when normally it is used before surgery in hospitals.
He told the court: "We are in pharmacological Never Never Land here. Something that's only been done to Michael Jackson."
The expert said
"Conrad Murray said yes, and that is what an employee does," he said.
"And I do not see a difference between Conrad Murray saying yes to a request that Michael Jackson is making, and an employee who cleans the house agreeing to a request of Michael Jackson."
Another expert, Dr Nader Kamanger, told the jurors: "This cocktail (of drugs) was a recipe for disaster."
At one stage during the trial, jurors were shown more than three dozen bottles of prescription medications to demonstrate the quantities of drugs kept for the star.
"We have to be phenomenal," his slurred voice echoed around the court.
"When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life.
"Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world'."
The trial featured 49 witnesses and more than 300 pieces of evidence were presented.
As the news came in that a verdict was expected,
The photo showed the King of Pop in a white surgical gown, with a sheet slung loosely around his legs and with tape or tubing partly covering his face.
In another macabre twist, the packed court also heard a haunting tape of the singer sounding as if he was heavily sedated.
In the message to
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said
“When people leave my show, I want them to say, ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life,’” the star can be heard murmuring.
Weeks after it was made, he was dead. The tape was part of a multimedia presentation by prosecutors, watched by a global audience.
It was a grim opening to what has been dubbed the trial of the century.
Deputy district attorney David Walgren said: “The evidence will show that Michael Jackson literally put his life in the hands of Conrad Murray.
“Michael Jackson trusted his life to the medical skills of Conrad Murray. The evidence will show that misplaced trust had far too high a price to pay.
“It cost Michael Jackson his life.”
Mr Walgren claimed the evidence would show that the “acts and omissions” of Dr
Describing the days leading up to
He said that on June 19: “Michael showed up for his rehearsal and he was not in good shape, he was not in good shape at all. He had chills, he was trembling... he was rambling.”
Kenny Ortega, manager of the star’s proposed This Is It tour, expressed concern but
He allegedly added: “Don’t let it be your concern, I am the doctor.”
The jury was told of shipments of Propofol – a powerful drug normally only administered in hospital – that were sent to
The court heard that
Defence lawyers said there was nothing