Fate of Michael Jackson's Doctor, Conrad Murray, in the Hands of the Jury


When prosecutor Walgren took the stage once more for his rebuttal and the final word in the trial, he voiced scorn for the defense's accusations.

"Poor Conrad Murray. Everyone is just working against him," Walgren said.

He accused the defense of trying to place blame for Jackson's death on everyone and anyone except for Murray.

"If allowed more time, I'm sure they would find a way to blame it on Michael's son, Prince," Walgren said. "Everyone is to blame but Conrad Murray."

Walgren ended his rebuttal by saying to the jurors, "I trust and I ask that you return with the only right verdict in this case, and the only just verdict in this case. I ask that you return with a verdict of guilty for involuntary manslaughter based on Conrad Murray's actions and his actions alone."

Earlier today, Walgren delivered a passionate argument and told the court that Jackson's children were left crying in despair and will grow up without their father because of Murray's "gross criminal negligence."

"For them, this case doesn't end today or tomorrow or the next day," he said. "For Michael's children, this case will go on forever because they do not have a father. They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray."

Throughout the presentation, Murray fixed his gaze on the presentation projected on a wall opposite the jury and rarely looked away.

"Michael Jackson trusted Conrad Murray. He trusted him with his life," Walgren said. "He trusted him with his own individual life and the future lives of his children, trusting that Conrad Murray, as he slept, would care for him so that in the morning he would awake to share a meal with his children.

"But Conrad Murray corrupted that relationship, and for that Michael Jackson paid with his life," he said.

Jackson's children were in the house on June 25, 2009, when Jackson died from a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. As Murray sought help from house staff in Jackson's bedroom, his panicked children were ushered out by a nanny so as not to witness what was happening.

Paris "broke down in tears" and was "balled up" on the floor crying, and Prince "had a shocked look on his face and was crying," Walgren said. "That's what the actions of Conrad Murray caused."

Walgren argued Jackson put great trust in his doctor and said Murray betrayed the relationship of doctor and patient by allowing it to become a relationship between employee and employer.

"This relationship of trust that is so important between a doctor and a patient was grossly corrupted by the actions of Conrad Murray," Walgren said. "Conrad Murray marched forward, putting Conrad Murray first, not Michael Jackson first."

Walgren argued that Jackson was dedicated to the preparations for his "This Is It" tour, which was slated to occur in London and consisted of 50 shows with a hope for more.

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