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Verdict watch: Jury deliberates in MJ trial

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  • After months of testimony, the jury will finally decide who is at fault for the pop star's death
  • Family says concert promoter AEG Live negligently hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave Jackson fatal dose of propofol
  • AEG says it's not liable because Jackson hid drug abuse
Michael Jackson wrongful death trial against AEG Live comes to an end.

What you need to know about the MJ trial

What you need to know about the MJ trial

Photos: The ultimate Jackson family tree!

Photos: The ultimate Jackson family tree!

MJ's posthumous proceedings, by the numbers

MJ's posthumous proceedings, by the numbers

HLN live-blogged the closing arguments in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial. Minute-by-minute updates can be found under this story.

Jurors started their second day of deliberations Friday in the Jackson family's wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live. They already put in two hours of work on Thursday and are expected to deliberate the case from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET, unless a verdict is reached.

The panel of 12 men and women is deciding whether or not concert promoter AEG is responsible for negligently hiring, retaining or supervising Dr. Conrad Murray, the man found guilty in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

Jackson family lawyer Brian Panish admitted this week during his closing argument that Jackson had a drug problem, but said AEG wanted the singer to perform so badly "they would do whatever it took to get him on stage and they told that to Dr. Murray."

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But AEG says it was Jackson who insisted on having Murray on his “This Is It Tour” and that the pop icon was solely responsible for paying the doctor, who admitted to giving Jackson the drug propofol for 60 days straight to treat his insomnia. The pop star died on June 25, 2009, from a fatal overdose of the surgical anesthetic.

"The truth here is a tragedy, make no mistake about that… it’s incredibly sad. But it’s not a tragedy of AEG Live’s making. You can’t point the finger at them and you shouldn’t," AEG attorney Marvin Putnam said Wednesday during his closing argument. "Mr. Jackson chose this doctor, years before. And Mr. Jackson chose the drug that killed him. Mr. Jackson, like every adult, is responsible for his own choices."

Putnam also accused Jackson of being "good at shopping for doctors."

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The Jacksons are asking jurors to award them a sum between $1 billion and $2 billion to account for the money the singer would have made touring had he not died, and also to account for the personal suffering the family endured as a result of the loss of a son and father.

HLN live-blogged closing arguments. Click here for the live blog of the Jackson family attorney's closings and click here for the live blog of the closing argument by AEG Live's attorney. Read below for minute-by-minute updates from the trial (best read from the bottom up):

7:20 p.m. ET: The jurors ended their deliberations for the day around 7:05 p.m. ET. The jury will return to the jury room at 12 p.m. ET tomorrow to resume the process of reaching a verdict.

4:50 p.m. ET: The jury has started their deliberations.

4:41 p.m. ET: The judge is instructing the jurors on how they should deliberate and reach a verdict.

3:07 p.m. ET: "The fate of Prince Michael, Paris, Blanket and Katherine Jackson is in your hands and I know you’ll do the right thing," said Panish as he concludes his rebuttal closing argument.

The judge has dismissed the court for lunch until 4:30 p.m. ET.

3:05 p.m. ET: Panish puts up a pie chart, showing how much responsibility each side has for Jackson's death -- 20% for Jackson and 80% for AEG Live.

3:03 p.m. ET: Panish says Jackson never had any issues until the burn injuries he suffered while filming a Pepsi commercial. "He didn't want to take the medication to get high -- he took it for pain."

2:58 p.m. ET: "He was being pressured, he could lose everything he had," said Panish about Jackson. "He wanted to do this -- not only for his children but he had financial issues and he wanted to make money for his children. He was going to give them everything."

2:55 p.m. ET: Panish is showing e-mails from AEG Live executives over clips from the "This Is It" movie. The e-mails describe Jackson being thrown into a cold shower, slapped and being a mess.

2:51 p.m. ET: Panish is playing another clip from the "This Is It" movie.

2:47 p.m. ET: Any postponement of the tour would cost Murray $150,000/month, according to Panish. The director of the show told Murray to "stay in his lane" and stop keeping Jackson from rehearsals.

"Murray was more interested in keeping the show going than keeping his patient alive," said Panish.

2:43 p.m. ET: In April, before he died, Jackson wanted to try natural remedies for insomnia because he was "desperate to sleep," according to Panish.

2:40 p.m. ET: Panish says propofol may not be the "best idea" but, if you have a competent doctor, you shouldn't die.

2:35 p.m. ET: Panish says AEG Live sent Murray a written contract after Jackson stopped showing up to rehearsals. "You think that's a coincidence?"

2:30 p.m. ET: "The doctor's duty is to the patient," said Panish who points out that Murray shut down his practice and stopped seeing all his patients in 10 days for money. "Would a fit and competent doctor dump everybody in 10 days, for money?"

2:25 p.m. ET: "Everyone had a concern" about Murray being Jackson's doctor, according to Panish. "They all knew something was wrong."

2:21 p.m. ET: Dr. Murray was "morally unfit," according to Panish. He says Murray didn’t pay his bills, including child support for the many children he had.

2:19 p.m. ET: "[The] death of someone doesn’t ever go away. It reverberates throughout your entire life... time does not heal all the wounds. That's why there's an enormous loss in this case," said Panish.

2:17 p.m. ET: Court is back in session.

1:58 p.m. ET: The judge has recessed court for a short break, asking everyone to return at 2:15 p.m. ET.

1:54 p.m. ET: Panish says AEG Live saw the train wreck coming and, instead of stopping the train, they put more coal in it to keep it going.

1:49 p.m. ET: Murray was under the impression he was hired by AEG Live, according to Panish. He also says it's common for people in this industry to create an oral agreement and then work on a written contract later. If they always waited for the written contract to start working, then Panish says business would never get done.

1:46 p.m. ET: "They’re trying to tell you the sky’s not blue. They’re trying to sell ice to people in Alaska. If you’re going to fall for that, I think you’re going to disregard all the evidence," said Panish.

1:43 p.m. ET: Both AEG Live and Jackson could have hired Murray, according to Panish. AEG Live says Jackson was solely responsible for hiring the doctor.

1:41 p.m. ET: Panish says it's hot and takes a quick water break.

1:38 p.m. ET: Jackson was supposed to go on a world tour after his shows in London, according to Panish. He's asking for $1 billion to $2 billion to make up for some of the money the family would have received from this tour. He says AEG Live is denying that Jackson was supposed to do this world tour. An investigator says he heard an AEG employee say the London shows were just the beginning and the world tour would last several years, according to Panish.

1:30 p.m. ET: Panish says AEG Live executives wanted singers and band members from the tour to "keep it positive" when speaking of Jackson and not describe him as looking frail and emaciated.

"We control all the footage and it’s locked in a vault at Staples Center," said an AEG Live executive in an e-mail when someone expressed concerns about Jackson being filmed while looking frail.

1:27 p.m. ET: Parts of the rehearsal footage was edited out of the "This Is It" movie because it showed Jackson looking too thin, according to Panish. He says this proves AEG Live should have known something was wrong with the star.

1:24 p.m. ET: Panish is playing interviews from the "This Is It" movie and comparing them to testimony. He says that before lawyers were involved, AEG Live said Jackson was the world's best entertainer and that he sold a record-breaking number of tickets for the upcoming tour.

1:19 p.m. ET: Panish plays the video of AEG Live executives testifying again. It is edited together so they say "I don't know" or "I don't recall" several times.

"Those are the people they want you to base your verdict on."

1:16 p.m. ET: Panish says the jurors get to decide whether to believe all, part or none of what a witness has said when testifying -- "You decide."

1:11 p.m. ET: "This is the only place where there’s a level playing field," said Panish who also claims that the Jackson family couldn't compete with the huge company without going to court.

1:09 p.m. ET: "They [AEG Live] think they can hoodwink you. That’s why we’re here – otherwise we wouldn’t be here," said Panish.

1:07 p.m. ET: Panish asks jurors if they are going to let AEG Live "get away with it." He says AEG Live has rows and rows of lawyers.

"They want you to not like Michael. Is that what this case is about?" said Panish. "Michael paid the ultimate price -- he's not here anymore."

1:05 p.m. ET: "That’s all they care about – putting on a concert, making money. They don’t care about Michael Jackson," said Panish. "They didn't want to help Michael do a comeback. They wanted Michael so they could make money."

1:03 p.m. ET: "How dare them" [AEG Live] not take responsibility and point all the fingers at Michael Jackson, said Panish.

1:00 p.m. ET: Jackson family attorney Brian Panish is now addressing jurors. His rebuttal closing argument is expected to take about two hours. Jurors should begin deliberating the case after that.

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