Conrad Murray was never on suicide watch, but is 'shocked he's actually in jail' (Exclusive)
Conrad Murray, who is in jail after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, was never placed on suicide watch, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.
His lawyers, Ed Chernoff and Nareg Gourjian, visited the doctor at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility is Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 8, a day after his conviction. The two spent 40 minutes with Murray, who appeared teary eyed and is "devastated" and "shocked he's actually in jail," a source close to the physician told OnTheRedCarpet.com, adding that the doctor was never placed on suicide watch.
Several news outlets, including CBS affiliate KCAL Television and the Los Angeles Times, reported that there were concerns he would take his own life while in jail and that he was placed on suicide watch on Monday, November 7, soon after he was handcuffed and taken into custody.
The doctor was booked less than an hour after a Los Angeles jury announced its unanimous guilty verdict.
Murray is to remain behind bars until his sentencing on November 29. He was denied the possibility of being freed on bail. No booking photo has yet been released. 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.
The jury 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).
Another one of the doctor's lawyers, Michael Flanaghan, told OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company, KABC Television after the verdict was read: "Well, certainly there'll be an appeal. I'm sympathetic for (the Jackson's family's) loss, a tremendous loss."
Nancy Grace, a 51-year-old television personality and legal expert, told OnTheRedCarpet.com on Monday after her performance on "Dancing With The Stars" that she thinks Murray deserves to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
She had made headlines earlier this year for slamming a jury's decision to acquit Casey Anthony, who she dubbed "Tot Mom," of murder in the death of her daughter Caylee. Following the July verdict, Grace had said on the cable network HLN that "the devil is dancing tonight."
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 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.