Jury Clears AEG Live Of Responsibility For Jackson Death
October 3, 2013 — (AP) — Four years after the Gary native and King of Pop’s death — and five months after the trial began — a jury in Los Angeles concluded yesterday that the company that promoted what would have been Michael Jackson’s farewell tour had no responsibility for his death.
It took the jury four days of deliberations to reject the claim made by Jackson’s mother Katherine that AEG Live hired Dr. Conrad Murray — and was responsible for the actions of the man convicted of killing her son with an overdose of propofol. In the end, the jurors determined that AEG hired Dr. Murray — but said he was fit and competent to serve Michael Jackson. And the jury concluded that it would not punish the company for Jackson’s death.
Mrs. Jackson had sought hundreds of millions of dollars.
Murray told NBC’s “Today” show from prison that he cried when he heard the jury’s verdict. He said he was “relieved” even though he always believed the wrongful-death lawsuit was “frivolous.” Murray is due to be released from prison later this month. He says he’s looking forward to reuniting with his family and restarting his life.