Dr. Conrad Murray did not take the stand in manslaughter trial before the defense rested its case.
The Associated Press reports that Dr. Murray, who is accused of killing pop icon Michael Jackson, opted not to speak in his own defense.
He revealed yesterday just after the judge reminded him of his right to testify or remain silent: "My decision is I will not testify in this matter," he said, one day after hinting he was conflicted about whether to take the stand.
After that, the defense rested its case and, the New York Daily News reports, the prosecution had a medical expert offer a rebuttal.
Dr. Murray has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, but, by not taking the stand, he is giving up any chance he had to present first-hand information that could tip the jury’s decision in his favor.
If convicted, the doctor faces up to four years in prison and stands to lose his medical license.