Conrad Murray 'would never commit suicide,' doctor's lawyer says
Conrad Murray, who is in jail after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has not said he wants to commit suicide, despite recent reports, one his lawyers told OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Nareg Gourjian said in a statement on Tuesday, November 15: "Dr. Conrad Murray is distressed for being in jail and for losing his dear friend Michael Jackson, but he would never commit suicide. I have been visiting him almost every day and, under the circumstances, he's doing as well as one can while incarcerated. Any statement that he's going to kill himself is categorically false."
The lawyer's comments come a week after a source close to the doctor told OnTheRedCarpet.com that Murray was never placed on suicide watch, but was "devastated" and "shocked he's actually in jail."
Murray was sent to jail hours after his conviction on November 7 and was ordered to remain behind bars until his sentencing on November 29. He was denied the possibility of being freed on bail.
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.
A Los Angeles jury had deliberated the fate of the doctor, a 58-year-old Grenada-born cardiologist who had treated Jackson 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 unanimous 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."
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). 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.
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.