Conrad Murray files notice to appeal his conviction
Dr. Conrad Murray filed a notice on December 2 that he intends to appeal his recent conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
Murray was sentenced to four years in prison on November 29, the maximum punishment. Murray signed a one-page document that was filed in Los Angeles on Friday seeking all records and transcripts from the case, according to the Associated Press. The filing does not indicate the basis on which Murray will argue to overturn his conviction or sentence.
Murray's challenge will be heard by a state appeals court in Los Angeles, assuming he files an opening brief at a later date.
Judge Michael Pastor handed down his sentence at a Los Angeles court on Tuesday, November 29, saying: "Dr. Murray repeatedly lied, engaged in deceitful misconduct ... He has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault and is and remains dangerous. I believe he's a danger to the community."
The 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist has been behind bars since he was convicted on November 7 (see video here. His mug shot is pictured above). The judge said he would receive a 23-day credit for time served.
The judge also ordered Murray to pay an $800 in restitution costs to Jackson's children and other family members, as well as smaller legal fees. Prosecutors had pushed for more than $100 million. A hearing about the matter was set for Jan. 23, 2012.
Murray was Jackson's private doctor in the years prior to his death and treated him for insomnia in the moments before he suffered a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home. Jackson was preparing for his "This Is It" concert series at the time and promoters were supposed to pay Murray $150,000 per month for his services. The deal was never finalized, as Jackson never signed the papers.
Autopsy results show that Jackson died at age 50 on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic that the singer referred to as his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray had administered the drugs to Jackson in the hours before his death. The King of Pop had suffered a cardiac arrest at his rented Los Angeles home and was pronounced dead at a hospital.
The prosecution team had pushed for a maximum sentence for Murray, adding that the doctor should also pay restitution costs to Jackson's three children as well as any other fees and accumulated interest.
The District Attorney's Office said that according to family records, Jackson was set to earn $100 million for his sold-out "This Is It" concert series. It also said the singer's funeral, memorial services and other associated expenditures cost more than $1.8 million.
The jurors' verdict was unanimous. The jury was made up of seven men and five women (check out more details about them). One of them, Debbie Franklin, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she and the other jurors believe Jackson would "absolutely" be alive today if not for Murray.