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Jury begins considering fate of Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray listens during testimony by Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist, during the final stage of his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical licenses if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death. Pool,AP Photo/Paul Buck

Jury to begin considering fate of Michael Jackson doctor Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray
AP Photo/Paul Buck

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Jurors will begin deliberations Friday in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal doctor.

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It will be the first day that the seven-man, five-woman panel will consider the evidence against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of causing Jackson's June 2009 death.

The jury heard Thursday from a prosecutor who described Murray as an incompetent, opportunistic doctor who was giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

The defense attorney countered that Jackson was to blame for his own death and Murray agreed to be his personal physician but was unaware of the singer's drug dependency issues.

Any verdict the jury reaches must be unanimous. If convicted, Murray could be sentenced to up to four years behind bars and will lose his medical license.

Complete coverage of the Conrad Murray - Michael Jackson case on CBS News

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