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Conrad Murray jury to return after weekend

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Media captionProsecutors ended their case by saying Dr Conrad Murray's care of Jackson had been "bizarre", while the defence said the singer had caused his own death.

The jury has ended its first day of deliberation in the trial of the man accused over Michael Jackson's death.

The panel will resume considering the involuntary manslaughter charge against Dr Conrad Murray on Monday.

Fans of Jackson, who died in June 2009, gathered outside the Los Angeles court, carrying signs asking for a "one way ticket to jail" for the accused.

If convicted, Dr Murray, 58, could face four years in prison and lose his licence to practise medicine.

The cardiologist denies giving Jackson an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol to help him sleep.

The jury of seven men and five women heard from 49 witnesses and saw more than 300 pieces of evidence over the six weeks of the trial.

Image caption Dr Conrad Murray chose not to testify in his own defence

There was no sign of Dr Murray on Friday or his legal team, but they are to receive a two-hour notice once a verdict is reached.

During closing statements on Thursday, the prosecution said the world had lost a "genius", while the defence characterised Murray as "a little fish in a big dirty pond".

Prosecutors said Dr Murray's care of the pop star had been "bizarre" and left the pop star's children fatherless.

They projected images of Jackson's grief-stricken children on a giant screen.

The children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, who range in ages from 9 to 14, were not in court on Thursday, but Jackson's parents and several of his siblings were present.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the accused had caused the star's death through negligence and greed, and had essentially been experimenting on Jackson.

The defence countered that the singer had caused his own death by injecting a dose of propofol while his doctor was out of the room.

"They want you to convict Dr Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson," defence lawyer Ed Chernoff said.

Dr Murray chose not to testify in his own defence.

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