Los Angeles (CNN) — A Los Angeles jury decided Wednesday that AEG
Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray, but also concluded that the concert
promoter was not liable for Michael Jackson's drug overdose death.
The verdict brings the five-month-long trial to a close.
Jackson's mother, Katherine, and the singer's three children sued AEG
Live in 2010, contending the company's negligence in hiring, retaining or
supervising Murray was a factor in the singer's June 25, 2009, death.
Jackson died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, which
Murray told investigators he was using to treat the singer's insomnia so
he could rest for rehearsals. Murray is set to be released from jail later
this month after serving two years for involuntary manslaughter.
Jackson died just days before his comeback tour — promoted and
produced by AEG Live — was set to debut in London in the summer of
The company's lawyers contended Jackson chose Murray, who had treated
him for three years as a family physician, but Jackson lawyers argued the
promoters chose to negotiate their own contract with the doctor so they
could control him.
AEG Live lawyers also argued they had no way of knowing that Murray —
licensed to practice in four states and never sued for malpractice — was
a risk to Jackson. The singer was a secretive drug addict who kept even
his closest relatives in the dark about his use of propofol to sleep, they
Jurors appeared engaged and entertained during the 21-week trial that
included dramatic testimony by Jackson's mother, son and former wife