Conrad Murray found guilty in death of Michael Jackson
Conrad Murray listens as the court clerk reads the jury's guilty verdict.
November 7th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Conrad Murray found guilty in death of Michael Jackson

Editor's note: A verdict has been reached in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray. Watch the verdict read live on CNN.com or the CNN apps for iPhone and iPad and follow the reaction tonight on HLN with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace, Dr. Drew and Joy Behar.

[Updated at 5:02 p.m. ET] For full coverage of the verdict and the reaction to the verdict read more here.

[Updated at 5:01 p.m. ET] Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told CNN he and his team have not yet decided whether they will appeal the jury's verdict.

Chernoff said right now the team is preparing for sentencing, noting their job right not was to make sure that Conrad Murray will not occupy a jail bed.

Chernoff added that he was not shocked by the verdict.

[Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET] A message from the co-executors of the Michael Jackson estate, John Branca and John McClain has been posted on the michaeljackson.com website. It says:

"The Estate of Michael Jackson and Michael himself has always believed the jury system works and despite the tragedy that brought about this trial we are in agreement with the jury's verdict. In this case justice has been served. Michael is missed on a daily basis but his genius and his music will be with us forever. He is 'the greatest entertainer that has ever lived.'"

[Updated at 4:43 p.m. ET] CNN's Ted Rowlands reports that when the verdict was read a couple members of the Jackson family let out a short celebratory outburts when the verdict was read. Some family members had their heads down as the verdict was read.

Rowlands said that Murray, who was mostly expressionless during the verdict, looked at his daughter who was in tears when he was being handcuffed at the defense table.

[Updated at 4:38 p.m. ET]  The hundreds of people outside the courthouse are still cheering and cars driving by are honking their horns after the guilty verdict was handed down.

Fans waived signs saying "Justice for Michael" and shouted Michael Jackson's name as they celebrated the verdict.

[Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET] Judge Michael Pastor said that he is taking into account the public safety if Dr. Conrad Murray were released on bail. He said that the crime is also significant, because it resulted in the death of Michael Jackson. He also detailed several other factors he was taking into account before decided on the issue of bail.

"Remand is appropriate," Pastor said.

Conrad Murray will not be released on bail and will be kept in the custody of the sheriff.

Bailiffs in the court have handcuffed Murray as he sits at the defense table.

[Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET] Defense lawyers are saying that Dr. Conrad Murray has for 18 months been free on bail and has not been a flight risk or a danger to the community.

"There is no reason to remand him under the circumstances," one of his lawyers argued.

[Updated at 4:26 p.m. ET] Prosecutors have asked that Dr. Conrad Murray be remanded without bail into custody following his agreement.

The judge has set sentencing for November 29, 2011.

[Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET] Lawyers on both sides are now trying to figure out what date would work for all sides for sentencing to take place.

[Updated at 4:22 p.m. ET] Dr. Conrad Murray is sitting with his hands in his lap as the judge continues to address the jury. Judge Michael Pastor is thanking the jury for their service in the case.

"We stand for juries in this courtroom," he said. "We actually stand up for juries. ...We do it because we respect you."

[Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET] The judge is now explaining to the jury that they are free to discuss the trial as well as their deliberation. However, they do not have to. The judge is explaining to the jury that their decision is theirs, and theirs alone.

[Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET]  Fans of the late King of Pop began cheering outside the courthouse after the verdict was read.

[Updated at 4:15 p.m. ET] Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Murray had no expression as the verdict was read.

That means the jury has found that Murray "committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury because of the way the act was committed or the defendant committed a lawful act, but with criminal negligence; and

The defendant’s acts unlawfully cause another person’s death."

[Updated at 4:14 p.m. ET] Juror #3, the foreman, is now telling the judge that they have in fact reached a verdict.

[Updated at 4:12 p.m. ET] The jury is now entering the courtroom, beginning with the alternates.

[Updated at 4:10 p.m. ET] Judge Michael Pastor is now on the bench.

[Updated at 3:59 p.m. ET] Dr. Conrad Murray is now in the courtroom. We are expecting the verdict to be read momentarily.

[Updated at 3:49 p.m. ET] Members of the media and others sitting in the courtroom gallery are now being allowed inside. Conrad Murray has not, however, been spotted at the courthouse yet.

The judge in this case, Michael Pastor, has indicated to members of the media that he does not want any show of emotions or outbursts in court when the verdict is read.

[Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET] What questions were the jury considering during deliberations? Let's start with the law. Involuntary manslaughter is defined as an unintentional killing committed “without the conscious disregard for human life."

To prove the crime was committed the state must prove that:

1) The defendant committed a crime that posed a high risk of death or great bodily injury because of the way the act was committed or the defendant committed a lawful act, but with criminal negligence; and

2) The defendant’s acts unlawfully cause another person’s death.

[Updated at 3:44 p.m. ET] Prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil have just been escorted down the 9th floor hallway and have entered the courtroom. Dfense attorney J. Michael Flanagan has arrived on the floor, but has not yet entered the courtroom.

[Updated at 3:43 p.m. ET] CNN's Jeffrey Toobin said if Conrad Murray is convicted in the case of involuntary manslaughter it is tough to say what his possible sentence would be.

"There are not many people prosecuted for this crime," he said. "The range of options are  probation to four years. This crime [involuntary manslaughter] is usually part of a plea bargain deal. There are not a lot of trials of this kind of crime.:

If Murray is convicted he will lose his medical license as well. Some legal experts have also questioned how California's current problem of prison overcrowding might play into a sentence if he were to be convicted.

[Updated at 3:38 p.m. ET] Members of the jury will remain in the deliberation room and the courtroom is still sealed off. Once the jury is in place, they will likely allow in members of the media, members of the Jackson family and then the rest of the lawyers and the public.

Conrad Murray and the jury will then be brought in to hear the final word from the jury.

[Updated at 3:36 p.m. ET] LaToya Jackson has now arrived at the courthouse and is being escorted inside. She had tweeted that she was running late to the court because of an accident on the freeway.

She also tweeted: @latoyajackson: "Michael's spirit will be with us in the court room and he will make sure the right verdict is made."

[Updated at 3:34 p.m. ET] The crowd outside the Los Angeles courthouse is growing as fans of Michael Jackson await the verdict in his doctors's involuntary manslaughter trial, CNN's Casy Wian reported.

Wian reported that there is also a large police presence near the court as a precaution.

[Updated at 3:24 p.m. ET] As we wait to see what verdict the jury has reached in the case, you can take a look at the instructions jurors were given before they began deliberating.

[Updated at 3:19 p.m. ET] Defense attorney Nareg Gourjian has arrived at the courthouse, the first attorney to come back to the court from either side to arrive, according to InSession's Michael Christian. Gourjian was questioned by several reporters, but he declined to comment.

[Updated at 3:06 p.m. ET] Michael Jackson's brother, Jermaine, has also arrived at the courthouse. CNN reporters have not seen any of Conrad Murray's attorneys arrive at the courthouse yet, but there are reports that Murray is on his way there.

[Updated at 2:59 p.m. ET] Video shows Joe and Katherine Jackson arriving at the courthouse.

As the verdict looms in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter case, InSession's Sunny Hostin said it's worth noting that jurors asked no questions during almost 10 hours of deliberation. They asked only for highlighters, Hostin said.

[Updated at 2:17 p.m. ET]  Michael Jackson's parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, were believed to be waiting with other family members at a hotel near the courthouse so they could get there quickly if a verdict was reached.

[Updated at 2:07 p.m. ET] The jury in the Conrad Murry trial buzzed three times at 1:56 p.m. ET signaling they had reached a verdict.

The verdict is expected to be announced in approximately two hours, or at 4:00 p.m. ET, according to InSession producer Michael Christian. Judge Michael Pastor could, however, have the jury read the verdict as soon as all of the necessary parties are in court.

[Posted at 2:04 p.m. ET] Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

The seven men and five women were deciding if Dr. Conrad Murray was criminally negligent in his use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to treat Jackson's insomnia and if it significantly contributed to the singer's 2009 death.

Jurors heard from 49 witnesses over 23 days, including Murray's girlfriends and patients, Jackson's former employees, investigators, and medical experts for each side.

Prosecutors argue that Murray's use of propofol in Jackson's home to treat his insomnia was so reckless it was criminally negligent.

The defense contends Jackson self-administered the fatal overdose of drugs in a desperate search for sleep without Murray's knowing.

Murray, if convicted, faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.

soundoff (424 Responses)
  1. Name*Bucktooth

    They have put a "drug dealer" in prison! But what about the other MD's who give Billions of dollars worth of "legal" drugs every day? That's the way they're taught in med school..burn, cut, take out, and drug!
    My neighbor had hallucinations last night because his dentist gave him Oxycontin for 7 days for an infected tooth..he was still in dull pain after returning to the dentist..she have him Percoset! He possibly just needed Tylenol or advil..the Pharm companies push these drugs for Cholesterol, High blood pressure, erectile dysfunction,
    .. people are walking pharmacies. They really never get well. MJ was not well, and was an addict. Murray fed that addiction, when he should have attempted an intervention..if that wouldn't have happened then he should have walked away! Game Over!

    November 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name With Held

    Michael Jackson was a drug addict. why does that not surprise people!

    November 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bigwilliestyles

    Vitilago huh? How does Vitilago explain the hair and plastic surgery? Fried, dyed and laid to the side; clipped, snipped, sucked and tucked. Vitilago. Bet.

    November 7, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Conrad Murray – As you read this post from your high-tech, state-of-the-art, $250,000 cell. Remember this....I'll be there.....I'll be there.....Just call out my name and I'll be there.

    November 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michael

    Am I mistaken – but the fee that MJ paid for a prescription pad – guaranteed an endless supply of medical doctor's to -
    "do no harm." Had it not been CM – it would have only been the next one. MJ was a great talent – but a pedophile is still a pedophile.

    November 7, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      All heresay, from the media/tabloids. The father who wanted to make money off his son committed suicide within a month after MJ's death. People have now come forward, and admitted that they didn't do any real journalism, just went with what would get them ratings.

      You sir, have no idea what the facts are, because you've not researched them – nor do you accept a jury of our peers finding him innocent, to give any meaning. You've found him guilty in your mind, not based upon any facts.

      How on earth could ANY OF US live through such a Media Circus like that, unscathed?

      If you're truly concerned about those who harm children, pull up the files of those who harm children in the database in your town, see how close they live near schools, what they do for a living.

      DO SOMETHING. But, don't take your anger out on one man, who hasn't even been found to be an addict! Who told you that? I believe it was drug tolerance – it's only been recently, that it's been described properly, for those of us with long term pain Management.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TexMexAlex

    wow can you believe that nobody else was there for Michael when he was dying?

    November 7, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Alex, evidently not – Murray was supposed to watch his back, and it just seems like clear cut homicide to me, by *preventing* those who cared about him, from helping him.

      Perhaps he's the puppet, who knows. )*:

      November 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Terry Bell

    Emotions are running high, -as would be expected. But the massive pressure from fans and every T, D, & H wants to exploit the situation.
    It is obvious Michael was desperate for sleep, which is highly understandable, and it is not entirely inconceivable that he might have helped himself to some of his milk, as he referred to it (Propofol®), whilst the doctor was out for a moment.
    This has clear elements of witchhunt, and this is because the emotions are running so high.
    Conrad Murray, I think, had no intention of snuffing off Michael, -unless there's a passage in Michael's will that would benefit him very much.
    To me, it seems this doctor is being treated grossly unfairly, because of emotions running so high, that it's more important to find someone to blame, than making sure whether he is culpable or not.

    November 7, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lindy

      Dr. Conrad Murray is a wonderful DOCTOR...he has saved my mother life twice...his bedside manner is wonderful...at no time did he do anything wrong for my MOM or MJ....MJ was killed years ago by his father...his father puller the soul right out of that little boy...and his family knew about his drug use. They are allowing Dr. Murray to ry for their mistakes. Shame on the JACKSON family... I sure hope they can all sleep tonight.

      November 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I've been under propofol & lorazepam twice for surgery over the past year. It took me a long time to regain usage of my arms and legs, and the first thing I wanted was water, and the best I could manage was via a straw. Any pain meds I needed were given via my IV line!

      I do believe that I'm the ONLY ONE thus far, who's spoken up about this – so be it. You can't grab a syringe, nor would you have the dexterity to jab it into your arm. Your body needs time to recover, to regain FINER MOTOR FUNCTIONS! I couldn't even sit up on my own!

      So tell me again – how could I have done this to myself, after being under for up to half an hour? Using myself as a labrat, I couldn't even see this happening.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Melissa

    Poor Michael! And those who know about addiction,k no the center of it is Addiction is a Lie. Who knows if mj gave his own last dose, or he ingested something another dr. On the tske gave him. Guilty of bad medicine! Guilty of the other No Way!

    November 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Last Legend

    What a shame! It was such a rare shot at companies making benzodiazepines, which were the drugs that killed Michael and will continue to kill millions in this country. Propofol, whoever administered it, was the coup de grâce, that stopped the torture. The way the things were going, Jackson would be dead regardless, just like Heath Ledger. Make all benzo illegal! They are worse then any drug and yet prescribed as vitamins.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I'm on almost the exact same drugs as Heath Ledger. The difference, is I didn't take everything all at the same time.
      Now, tell me again how I DESERVE TO SUFFER? As a Pain Patient, I have a right to be close to Pain Free. Those who are ignorant take this stands, and don't know anything. But as soon as you or a loved one breaks their back, gets sciatica, believe you me – you'll be glad that there's actually medications that give quality of life.

      I'm glad I'm educated and can walk though I can no longer run.

      November 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gameplan

    Dr. Murray is an innocent man who has become a victim of a witch hunt. Jackson was emotionally, mentally and physically unstable. He died because of an over consumption and mixture of different drugs, the sleeping one being the most prominent. It was his own fault he died, not Murray's. Stupid fans though are to blinded by worship to notice that.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. a. miyahira

    DR Murray got what he deserves. Why couldn't call 911 in the first place. And doing CPR on a bed? Give me a break. Any doctor in their mind should know better than that. Just hope MJ can finally rest in peace.

    November 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      A child would've known to call 911, and get help!

      November 8, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. jane jones

    Jackson killed himself the molester got what was coming thank god he gome

    November 7, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cindy

    Stars –
    They found many other drugs in his system . Drugs he took for himself. He was a druggie and not a victim. HE WAS A 52 YEAR OLD MAN and not some helpless child. He was a freak of his own doing he created his own mess. If I was a druggie like he was the state would declare me a unfit parent and take my children away. MJ was not the amazing talent he became an amazing side show because he wanted it that way. Those kids were also created and from him at least not the first two, the last child look somewhat like him. I feel badly for them because they lost what they thought was a father. He was an unfit parent, a drug abuser, mental unwell. Stop worshiping a false idol. HE WAS TROUBLED MAN ... after you are 18 whatever happen to you as a young child is now in your hands to over come , you can't keep using the mild abusive nature of his childhood as an excuse anymore. I REPEAT HE WAS A 52 MAN who spoke like a little boy he was mentally ill and a DRUG ADDICT. The media needs to stop pandering to the celebrity worshiping society of sheep.

    November 7, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. teddy

    such a shock! NOT!

    November 7, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Stephanie Loney

    He practiced bad medicine but MJ also had a hand in his own demise. Where was the Jackson family when MJ became an addict? Funny how now that there is money involved with royalties etc. they can take the time to get to the courthouse. Conrad Murray is the fall guy for this. If it hadn't been him, it would have been some other doctor.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
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