Verdict Nears in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

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Attorneys for Michael Jackson’s family are expected to deliver closing arguments Tuesday in the pop icon’s wrongful death trial, which has now lasted more than five months.


Michael Jackson was preparing for his “This Is It” tour when he died in June 2009.

Jackson’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.

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 expected to ask for more than $1 billion in damages, which experts say the singer would have earned on his ill-fated “This Is It” comeback tour.

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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