After taking in nearly five months of witness testimony and lawyer arguments, the six women and six men assigned to the jury for the Michael Jackson wrongful death civil trial are now in deliberations, reports the Associated Press.
The jury — escorted out of the courtroom by 10 armed deputies — began deliberating Thursday (Sept. 26), spending two hours before retiring for the day. They were given a verdict form to help prompt their decision, reports CNN. The form has 16 questions, including did AEG Live hire Dr. Conrad Murray and what percentage they believe represents how much responsibility Michael Jackson had in his own death.
Jackson died in 2009 from an overdose of propofol. Murray, who administered the drug to the singer at MJ's home, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for his death and sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 — the maximum penalty for the crime in California.
Katherine Jackson, MJ's mother, filed the lawsuit on behalf of herself and his three children against AEG, the This Is It concert promoter. Her legal team asserts that AEG was negligent in hiring and supervising Murray and are liable from somewhere between $900 million and $1.6 billion in economic loss, plus $290 million in personal damages.
AEG's defense focused on the idea that it was MJ who hired Murray and the company was not privy to what kind of treatments he was receiving. They said, if anything, AEG would owe no more than $21 million, which is an estimate of how much they believe MJ would have given his mother and children as he was approximately $400 million in debt.
Deliberation resumes today. The jury does not have to reach a unanimous consensus. Only nine of the 12 jurors need to agree.
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