Posted by: maboulette | November 9, 2011


Justice for Michael Jackson demonstration in 2010


Nearly all the 12 jurors chosen to decide the fate of Dr. Conrad Murray in the trial over the death of Michael Jackson had decided on his guilt the first day of deliberations, a juror tells ABC News. 

Debbie Franklin, a 48-year-old mother of two from Temple City, Calif., was the juror who, on Monday, rung the bell three times in the Los Angeles courtroom where Murray had sat on trial for the past six weeks to alert the judge and the world that a verdict had been reached. 

“Our hearts were pounding to go out there,” Franklin told “Good Morning America,” of the moment she and the other jurors emerged from eight hours of deliberations to issue a guilty verdict for Murray that could send him to prison for up to four years. 

The jury convicted Murray of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 drug-overdose death of the King of Pop. Prosecutors alleged that Murray supplied an insomnia-plagued Jackson with the powerful operating-room anesthetic propofol to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his “This Is It” comeback tour. 

Franklin says she and the other jurors believe Jackson, who was 50, would “absolutely” be alive today if not for Murray. 

“Conrad Murray did it,” she said. “Conrad Murray agreed to be the one to go into the bedroom and do this. He [Jackson] was looking for somebody to say yes, and Conrad Murray said yes.” 

Prosecutors portrayed Murray, 58, as a negligent doctor who gave the singer what he wanted, the drug propofol, at home in Jackson’s bedroom without the necessary safeguards and care when things went wrong. 

“I thought they did an excellent job,” Franklin said of the prosecution. “They were ready for every witness. The questioning went from beginning to end. Nothing seemed to sidetrack them.” 

Franklin says there were three factors presented in the trial that led the jury to a guilty verdict for Murray. 

“The three biggest things for us were the 911 call, not calling 911. That was a big issue, and not having the medical equipment in the room to put somebody under sedation and leaving the room,” she said. 

While the jury was nearly unanimous from the trial’s start that Murray played a role in Jackson’s death, not everyone was convinced the doctor was solely responsible, Franklin said. 

Murray, who did not testify in his trial, told police that he administered only a small dose on the day Jackson died. His lawyers blamed Jackson for his own death, saying the singer injected himself with an ultimately lethal dose of the drug while Murray was out of the room. 

“Even if Michael Jackson injected himself, which I don’t think we believed, but, we felt, even if he did, that wouldn’t have mattered because Conrad Murray brought the situation there,” she said. “He was the doctor. He was in charge.” 

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