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 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 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. noJustice

    u shouldn't be convicted for killing a pedophile ... only in this screwed up world

    November 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      NOT ONE! You're convicting MJ in your head – USE your brain, and actually investigate the case. You can read the evidence online. It's about GREED. MJ loved women, for goodness sake. As a woman, I'd love to visit Neverland – or, loved to, when it was in full swing. He treated boys and girls equally, and worked with many charities that kids did get to enjoy their childhoods.

      Don't speak about what you don't know about.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chuck jones

    found these cool pix of michael jackson check em out

    November 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sam

    He is guilty of malpractice but I don't think he is guilty of manslaughter even if it is involuntary.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Menwa

    For all those that find Murray's guilt to be the pillar of success, let me ask you this. Where do we stop? Do we arrest ALL doctors that treat celebrities when the celebrities become addicted to narcotics and eventually die? Do we arrest ALL doctors that treat ANY patient when those patients become addicted to narcotics and eventually die?

    Where does it end? All this farce of a trial, aka witch hunt, will do is cause doctors to hesitate before prescribing meds to their patients and drive the practice of over prescribing meds to the rich and famous even deeper under ground than it already is.

    While you all dance around the bon fire tonight celebrating the hanging of a partially innocent man think about the repurcussions of this conviction. Our legal system has just put one foot over the edge of the slippery slope...

    November 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    I agree that te is guilty of malpractice but I don't think he should be sentenced with involuntary manslaughter.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patrick Goddaro

    The Doc got the blame for ALL the prior prescription " pushers" that supplied MJ with all the drugs he wanted. This Dr Murray got RAILROADED, and that was supposed to have gone away decades ago. Following Casey Anthony's case did not help! Not sequestering JURORS WAS WRONG! They could go home and discuss with their families all that was on TV daily, and who would know what was discussed? "A little FISH IN A DIRTY POND" is so "SPOT ON!" The fall guy for all the other doctors! Addiction doesn't come overnight! Years before MJ met Dr Murray, MJ GOT "HOOKED!" Sad. Why? BECAUSE NOBODY WINS! EVERYONE LOST! MJ, KIDS, Dr CM. ALL LOST!!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • dcannalte

      You said it!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slartibartfast

      Face facts, all those other "pushers" did not inject MJ with a drug that is used only in hospital settings, usually while the patient is intibated and under the stricht control of a trained Anethstetist (Spelling?). He is so lucky involuntary manslaughter was all he got. This rises to a level of negligence that easily meets the standard of voluntary manslaughter. To feel sorry for this guy is ridiculous. To say he is a scapegoat is stupid. The reason Scheduled narcotics are prescribed only by licensed Physicians is because they are dangerous and any doctor can say NO to his patient. OH, Michael wanted the drugs so it isn't Dr. Murry's fault. Get real!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tommy

    Forget michael jackson he is still gay

    November 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dotie

    I can see that all the Jackson haters are the first to comment. Oh no, it just couldn't be the good doctor. And bashing the family too. What ugly vile comments. I followed this trial closely day by day and the doctor was careless to say the least. No, this is not for a professional board to decide. This was manslaughter and should be tried in court. For the ignorant folks posting – manslaughter is similar to killing someone while driving drunk. It doesn't have to be an intentional deliberate act.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • AvgJoe

      Thank you dotie. Your message was the most sane one I read on here today.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Todd

    I believe the fans WAVED signs, not WAIVED signs. That would just be confusing.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    Justice was served for Michael but we will always remember Michael little Michael like Eddie levert said sadly missed I love you Michael

    November 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. T and F

    Micheal Jackson was a druggie and if he didnt over dose then he would have later on with or without help!!!! How many times was he taken to court for messing with little boys and ended up settling out of court.....Why would he or anyone that was accused of this pay millions more then once to people that are saying things that are not true about him!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      MIchael was NOT a drug addict, was NOT guilty of harming children, ever. He may have been tolerant to pain meds, because of injuries, but that's a huge difference.

      Why don't you do the legwork of digging through the case that went to court? Why don't you see that Chandler committed suicide, after MJ died? Guilt laid heavily on that man, and it rightly should. Money is the root of all evil, and suing people, telling them you're going to destroy them, is completely different than asking them for help.

      "God Loves, Man Kills."

      November 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Charlie

    Someone accidentally kills a superstar and is convicted....A superstar (OJ) kills two on purpose and is set free.

    Justice in this country is Aass backwards.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. hippediva

    Good. Now, if the judge had shoved a potatoe into Cooley's fat mouth to keep him from using this trial as a platform to 'scold' his political opponents, it might be justice. FIRE COOLEY NOW!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rara

      Surely, you jest! After eating someone alive for their spelling and grammar errors, certainly you know that potato is not spelled "potatoe".

      November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jennifer

    I don't get y z dr.Murray z being put to jail but they didn't arrest Michael for being such a child molester

    November 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • hippediva

      If you went back to English class, you could read and writer properly, and thereby understand the legal process.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cecil

      You're an idiot.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Gee, instead of believing everything Tabloids that claim Elvis is on the moon say, why don't you investigate the TRUTH? MJ was found INNOCENT, in case you didn't notice! Journalists have fallen into the Tabloid trap, and would rather post stupid, catchy headlines that are made up, rather than say, a Fireman saving a little girl's life!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reba

    The case was simple, Conrad should have simply known better. I could see if it was a one time accident, but he was administering it on the regular, a no no. No amout of money or feigning was worth it for either.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
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