In the least surprising turn of events ever, Conrad Murray has opted not to testify in the manslaughter trial in which he is charged with Michael Jackson‘s death. Thus, attorneys for both the defense and the prosecution have rested their case and the trial is now in the hands of the jury.
The final witness in the trial was Dr. Steven Shafer, an anesthesiologist who was called to the stand to dispute the defense’s claim that Murray could not have left an IV drip of the lethal drug Propofol in Jackson’s arm after his heart stopped. Shafer said that the defense’s case relied on a 1988 study, while more recent studies have proven that the prosecution’s accusations are valid.
After Shafer left the stand, Murray told the judge that he would not be taking the stand in his defense, and the judge addressed the jury. “Ladies and gentlemen, you have seen and heard all of the evidence in this case,” he said.
Closing arguments will begin on Thursday, at which point the jury will begin to deliberate. Murray faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.