The jurors seemed to have an easier time finding Dr. Murray guilty of manslaughter compared to some high-profile murder cases. Although involuntary manslaughter cases are easier to prove than murder cases, which require the element of criminal intent, prosecutors still had the burden of proof. Prosecutors attempting to convict Dr. Murray on involuntary manslaughter charges need not prove intent, since malice is not an element of the crime. But the prosecution had to show that Michael Jackson was killed as a result of an act by Dr. Murray, that this act was inherently dangerous or done recklessly and that the defendant should have known the act threatened the lives of others. Whether or not Dr. Murray or Jackson himself injected the lethal dose of Propofol, Dr. Murray acted recklessly by having the drug in the house and leaving the drug unattended. In addition, Dr. Murray knew that a large enough dose of Propofol could threaten the life of Michael Jackson.
If you or someone you know have been charged with a crime, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Barkemeyer.