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. Karla

    People calm down please he'll be out before you know it..gosh

    November 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I don't want Conrad out, I'd like him to serve a REAL sentence, like 25 – 45, for HOMICIDE!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Evan

    Yes!!! The system really works!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick in AZ

    I am completely uninterested in the drug overdose death of a pedophile.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guest

    lock his a$$ up and throw away the key!

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

    The fact is a lot of doctors tend to throw drugs at patients. I mean you just have to go to a basic doctors office and you'll find his pens, paper sheets on the beds, notepads, and everything else has a drug companies name on it, from pfizer to all the others. Then if you dig deeper you'll find out how the drug industry give doctors incentives to push their product. So yes, there's an issue with some doctors handing out drugs like candy for profit rather than for the patients own good. Sure, factoring in personal responsiblity is important but we're supposed to be able to trust our doctors and what they tell us is for the best. I don't see this as a "Jackson victory" as much as I see it being karma biting one of the many bad doctors out there in the &ss. Now I'm not entirely sold on involuntarily manslaughter, but I do think he should have been banned from practicing medicine in the US for life.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      You don't know anything about medicine then, if you believe the doctors are pimps for Big Pharma! Oh, no surprise, it's also something made up by THE MEDIA.

      Use your brain, and look things up.

      I don't get all the meds I want – my doctors and I work together, on what I actually need.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ckm58

      Actually there are very strict rules now, called PHARMA, that minimize the contributions that drug companies can make to drs. In fact there was recently a lawsuit that a pharm company lost to the tune of $600 million for promoting drugs against the rules. Many hospitals and clinics won't even let drug reps in their doors. In other words, the situation is getting cleaned up!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffo

      If doctors are throwing drugs at people, why was it so hard for me to get pain meds after my car accident? My back was broken in three places, my spinal cord was damaged, my neck was messed up, and I had a broken arm. The doctor told me to take Tylenol for my pain because anything stronger was habit-forming and "a hassle". Don't tell me about doctors throwing drugs at people!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHY!?!?!?

      I do agree that there are dr out there that put ppl on medicine for money; I have seen it done in close families over and over again when there is nothing wrong with the individual. Do I feel the dr is guilty NO!! MJ died like every other celebrity who is conneted to drugs. I think the jury was afraid of ending up like Casey Anthony's jurors!!! Beleive it or not, the world is F***** up!!!! NO justice for the ppl or should I say children who NEED it. MJ knew what he was doing!!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jewel

    I'm so angry that Sunny Hostin actually compared the crime of homicide to Lindsey Lohan's day of jail time for drug abuse, WOW!

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

    He's guilty of malpractice and needs to lose his medical license. Manslaughter? Prison time? No. Michael Jackson was a drug addict and if it wasn't this doctor it would have been another one. MJ was not someone to be admired to looked up to, especially by children and young people. This whole thing is a tragedy, but the people I feel are actually to blame for his death are his money grubbing family members. What a bunch of leaches. Standing by while he mutilated himself into an unrecognizable circus side show freak and then stood by while he "entertained" young children in his bedroom for days at a time. The whole thing is just sad and the worst part is his family will continue to capitalize on him for years to come. They seemingly have no shame.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Michael's beauty shone brightly, even against those trying to destroy him OUT OF JEALOUSY! Any man would've changed places with him, and abused the fame, and sleep with as many women as they could.

      But, not MJ – he was a GENTLEMAN, in this day and age!! So hard to find a good man. He was a REAL MAN, unlike what I'm seeing on here with all the haters.

      Who'd want to hang out with people, who are probably scheming to get a piece of you?

      November 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ckm58

    Don't you think that the immense power of celebrity Michael had, as well as the grossly excessive salary he paid Murray were the reasons Murray continued a treatment plan that was previously established? The propofol is what Michael wanted–and it would have been nearly impossible to refuse him. Michael did this to himself, indirectly.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. joester

    What a crock of shizznit.....Conrad did not kill Michael...Michael killed Michael...If he did not get the drugs from him would of got it from someone else.....

    November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I had surgery over the past month, with lorazepam and propofol. There was NO WAY I could've gotten up out of bed to do anything! I was a sitting duck, for anyone to kill me, if they wanted to. It took me 1.5 hours to be awake enough to go home. You don't just hop up, after taking TWO AMNESIATICS!

      November 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. colleen

    Here we go again with the whole hollywood crap-don't get me wrong-I watched the Jackson 5 when I was a little girl and loved Michael (before surgeries) but how does Charlie Sheen get his drugs where is Lindsey Lohan (sp)?? getting her crap-- off the streets of LA-come on now - we all know those celebrities get whatever they want from their doctors!!! If I was Lindsey, I would have been in jail for 10 years. How do we always blame people the celebrity people ask for help because they have money- I guess it's just who you know!!!! I'm not saying the doctors are right - but really??????

    November 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Diff339

    Everyone in his family knew what Micheal was doing. Why are they not also guilty? The doctor should have known better.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Dugout

    I'm just glad that child molester is dead. And anyone who disagrees is ignorant and not paying attention.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      You are ignorant, and choose to believe tabloids, rather than use your brain – because it's the easier thing to do.

      November 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andrew

    So the skapegoat for all of MJ's life long problems will be this Doctor. The Dr. has to share some of the guilt but what about putting his mother and father on trail for abuse. What about making the rest of the people who assisted in MJ become the drug addict he was. MJ was a miserable, lonley man with a huge addiction, but yet we all praise MJ for all he has done. So I want to know when they are going to put MJ on trial for killing himself. He is not the hero the majority make him out to be. He was a singer and dancer with a drug addiction. He had to bury his pain and hearache in drugs, and that I guess is everyone elses fault but MJ's. Everyone is saying MJ finally got justice. Justice for what, if it was not Dr. Muray MJ would have found someone to supply him with his drugs. MJ was the problem not everyone else. MJ is not a hero, he is not to be admired he was an addict and that was his fault. He died because of his own choices, no one forced him to become a drug addict. He had the entire world in his hands and he threw that all away with drugs. It's to bad everyone is so blind just becasue he could sing and dance. MJ was an incredible talent but his death was his fault and only his!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fred

    As a nurse I think that Dr. Murray should lose his license to practice because his actions with Jackson were not what I consider ethical. However, anyone who thinks that Jackson did not have access to drugs that when combined with the propofol were deadly is delusional. I personally have no doubt that Jackson was doing some really hard core stuff. If you look at the videos of him practicing for that final show he looks sick, wasted and thin. I feel like Jackson shares some of the responsibility for his own death.

    November 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • debbe

      No comment Absynthe?????? LOL

      November 8, 2011 at 2:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. CDunn

    All you guys are missing the point here. Just because pays you to do something doesn't mean you have do what you know is wrong. This guy was getting paid a $150k a month. Of course, he knew what he was doing was wrong. He should have stop....but no he wants to get PAID!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
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