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, CNN's Miguel Marquez reports.
"I counted Michael Jackson a creative partner and a friend," the company's CEO Randy Phillips said. "We lost one of the world's greatest musical geniuses, but I am relieved and deeply grateful that the jury recognized that neither I, nor anyone else at AEG Live, played any part in Michael's tragic death."
The verdict brings the five-month-long trial to a close.
"AEG hired Dr. Conrad Murray, the man who is in jail for killing Michael Jackson," according to a statement from family matriarch Katherine Jackson and her lawyers. "All options regarding the balance of the jury verdict are being considered."
Tom Mesereau, one of Michael Jackson's former defense attorneys, weighs in to dig through the legal ramifications of the AEG trial outcome.
“I think the evidence was overwhelming that he was incompetent, that AEG was involved in a conflict of interest with Dr. Murray, that they were pressuring him because they were paying his exorbitant salary,” Mesereau says.
“I'm surprised by this somewhat contradictory position the jury took. I don't think they really analyzed things properly.”
There are more issues that he thinks will be raised if the plaintiffs appeal.
"This case is not over, from what I hear. "