Conrad Murray verdict: Guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson death
Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson and was sent to jail, where he is to remain behind bars until his sentencing date.
A Los Angeles jury announced its unanimous verdict on Monday, November 7 around 11:15 a.m. The jurors had deliberated the fate of the doctor, a 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist who had treated the singer at his home on the day he died, for a total of about eight and a half hours after a six-week trial.
After the verdict was read, Murray appeared stone-faced and a single squeal was heard inside the courtroom (watch video).
The judge then remanded Murray into custody and denied him the option of being freed after posting bail. The doctor was handcuffed and jailed later around 2 p.m. No booking photo has yet been released. Murray is to remain behind bars until his sentencing date, which was set for November 29.
A conviction of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison and Murray, who had maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas, could also lose his medical license.
One of his lawyers, Michael Flanaghan, told OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, KABC Television: "Well, certainly there'll be an appeal. I'm sympathetic for (the Jackson's family's) loss, a tremendous loss."
Several members of Jackson's family were present in court and reacted happily after the verdict was read. His mother, Katherine, kissed lead prosecutor David Walgren on the cheek.
"(It) feels worse in some ways because nothing is going to bring my brother back," said Jackson's sister, Rebbie.
The singer's father, Joe, who had a strained relationship with the King of Pop, said "justice was done." Jackson's sister La Toya echoed her father's comment, adding: "Michael was watching over us."
Flanagan appeared somber after the verdict was read, while his wife, Susan, was seen crying in an elevator. As the lawyer entered a vehicle, a person was heard yelling at him: "Better luck next time!"
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.
"We are gratified that the jury saw that the overwhelming evidence in this case led to just one conclusion - that Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson,"Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley told reporters.
"We finally want to extend our sympathies to the Jackson family - especially to Prince, Paris and Blanket," he said, referring to the King of Pop's three children, two of whom saw the singer appearing lifeless before he was pronounced dead. "They have lost a beloved father. Nothing can make up for that loss."
Murray's attorneys had argued that the dose of propofol he gave was too low to be fatal and maintained Jackson injected himself with more of the drug and also swallowed several anti-anxiety pills while the doctor was away from his bedside. The doctor also told police that the singer was addicted to propofol and that he had tried to wean him off the drug by giving him other medications to treat his insomnia.
Murray did not testify in person during his trial. The doctor entered the court on Monday with his mother and girlfriend, Nicole Alvarez, who testified during his trial. He was also seen hugging an unidentified young girl.
Scores of Jackson fans surrounded the courthouse, some carrying posters of the singer and signs that read "Guilty." Some Murray supporters gathered outside as well. About two dozen Jackson fans stood inside a hallway in the building, waiting for the verdict to be read. Police officers monitored the gatherings.
Paris Hilton's parents, Rick and Kathy, also made an appearance to show their solidarity to the Jackson family. The heiress' mother mouthed the word "justice" and held up a peace sign to reporters as she and her husband exited the courtroom after the verdict was read.
The jurors are made up of seven men and five women (check out more details about them). Under California law, for the next 90 days, they are banned from being paid for talking about the trial.
Check out a summary of the Conrad Murray trial proceedings as well as a video of the verdict being read in court on November 7 and the doctor's reaction.