Jurors Begin Deliberations in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

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Jurors began deliberations Thursday in the Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial.

The 12 jurors spent two hours in the jury room Thursday afternoon before ending their day; they will return Friday morning for more deliberations.

michael-jackson-picJackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children sued AEG, claiming that the entertainment firm was negligent in its hiring of Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered a fatal dose of propofol to the legendary singer in 2009.

Michael Jackson was preparing for his “This Is It” comeback tour when he died at the age of 50.

The jury must decide who is responsible for hiring Murray – AEG or Michael Jackson himself.

Judge Yvette Palazuelos told jurors that the verdict need not be unanimous, only 9 to 3.

If AEG is found responsible, the jury will be asked decide how much money to award in damages. Attorneys for the Jackson family are asking for $290 million in damages. An expert who testified for the family said the singer would have earned as much as $1.5 billion had he lived.

Katherine Jackson testified for three days in the trial. Her grandson, Prince, testified about what happened on the day his father died.

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