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. KcCritic

    I'd like to lnow where Michaels' concerned, grieving family was when he needed them? Stevie Wonder could have seen he had a problem. I agree, Murray was negligent in his role as a physician, but, MJs' family was negligent as a family, too,. They want someone to blame for MJ's death. Money will make this all better, putting Murray in prison will make it go away. There's a lot of blame to go around here, but Murray shouldn't be the one to shoulder all of it...

    November 7, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. karen

    why wuld this come in handey ....imu micheal jackson

    November 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tommie T

    God is the judge, jury, and prosecutor. We should'nt overwelm ourselves in ego. Judgement belong to our creator.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RW

    The equation in the end - Drugs + $$$ + the blind pursuit of $$$ equals 1 very talented dead performer + 1 once successful doctor now pressing plates + 3 orphans.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Propofol isn't a Narcotic; Murray never should've ordered FIFTEEN gallons of the stuff.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. driveby

    There are thousands of doctors in this country (USA) that could be convicted of this same crime.
    In case you haven't noticed, there is an epidemic of prescription drug abuse, aided and abetted by
    'pill mill' doctors and pharmaceutical companies, not to mention , insurance companies that will not
    pay for alternative treatments and rehab.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      I categorically disagree. As someone who's in pain management, I see lots of patients who are UNDER medicated, because of a few cases that are sensationalized, because of the media! Some of us have been on the exact same prescriptions, for 8 years – guess what? Drug tolerance has been achieved 6 years ago. But something is better than nothing, if we wish to be standing even half the day.

      What alternative therapy, for degenerating discs, sciatica, aye? Once a doctor reads my charts, they are shocked I can stand without screaming.

      The epidemic IS IN THE MEDIA's LITTLE MIND, not in reality! Do research, and also realize that NO ONE should ever suffer being in bone crunching pain, just because you say so. I deserve quality of life.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kimblee

    personally, i'm glad he was put away. we obviously don't know what happened in mjs' life behind closed doors because we didn't live with him and we couldn't possibly see what happened. we all have our opinions, that's understandable. the way i see it, whatever addiction he did or didn't have, murray shouldn't have started using it as a sleep aid in the first place, not to the extent that he did. it was said in this trial a few times how long he waited to call 911 and how when someone else came into the room, they were in the process of hiding medical supplies. how does that make a person appear innocent to a court? if they were trying to hide potential evidence and were giving mj various drugs consistently, i wouldn't assume the innocence of that person..
    i honestly think it's messed up to automatically assume things about someone you don't know, like he was a pedo or a druggie, that's ridiculous. whether that's true or not, we don't know because again, we weren't there. we didn't see it happen or not happen....i hope that makes sense. society needs to stop being so judgemental.

    case in point, i'm just glad murray got what was coming to him. regardless of what happened, he is NOT fit to be a doctor.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Murray did get some of what he deserved: at least a jury by his peers. MJ was found innocent, by a jury of his peers, too. People forget that.

      When Good People choose to do nothing, we have issues, Houston!

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

      I just feel bad for his daughter because she probaly got no love from dad. Of course he favored the sons.

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

    MJ was a drug addict Loser, who liked to sleep with little boys in his room. Even if he did not molest them, do you stupid MJ fans not find it weird that a grown man likes to sleep in his bedroom with little boys. And that he had a sensor that would go off in his bedroom if anyone came close to his bedroom. Which gave him time to pull up his pants and look like he was not molesting little boys. What about the fact that semen was found on his bed sheets, and it was not michael's or a female's. Whos was it then, the little boys that Michael let sleep over. Thats whos it was. And how come nobody in his on family tried to ever get Michael off drugs. Oh yea, cause the Jackson family used Michael just as much as Dr. Murray did. The Jackson family is just as much to blame for Michael death as Dr. Murray is.

    November 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You are spot on with that. I dont get these people.

      November 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Hey John – guess you never had a nighttime stiff one, did you? As a woman with lots of cousins, we all fight over the master bedroom pillows, and snuggle down with popcorn and watch TV. So what!? Would you consider me creepy now?

      Go read the actual court records, and not the Tabloid sensationalism.

      Oh, also nice to see you enjoy answering yourself AS ANOTHER PERSON!

      November 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollie

      Yeah , I am sure his daughter was like "why cant I sit on youre lap daddy".

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

      As a sister of a heroin addict, I can 100% tell you that no matter how hard you try to get someone help, ultimately the decision is theirs. They can be forced into rehab, they can be forced into drug counseling, but until the moment where THEY hit rock bottom, and they want to change their life instead of die, that is the day THEY will change their life. But Conrad Murray is not a drug dealer, he is supposed to be a doctor. if every doctor made decisions to benefit themselves than the patient, the hospital would be scarier to visit than skid row. MJ might have been an addict, but plenty of doctors told him no. Conrad was the only one who said yes. Michael would have found a way to die without him, but with a doctor like that, patients would start to question if doctor's are concerned about our health or keeping us sick for more money

      November 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sara

    no !! Conrad was falsley accused... Michael was downhill for a long time... look at his interviews over the past 10 years !!.. dont get mr wrong... I loved him as well but he was just another performer who succombed to fame and all that comes with it . did u forget about the dau he hund baby out of balcony ??? What was that if not drugs ?

    November 7, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iman

      Sara, did you follow the evidence presented at trial?? You form your opinion based on something that has nothing to do with his death. If you paid attention to what was going on at CM's trial, you would see the verdict was the right one. CM gave MJ too much of that stuff, period. CM knew it and repeatedly lied to cover it up, and engaged in character assassination. He blamed a dead man for his own actions. Shame on him! CM was negligent, and killed the King of Pop. He has to be held accountable. Your personal opinion of MJ should not weigh in. The jury WHO HEARD THE EVIDENCE found CM guilty. RIP MJ.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NJB

    To all of you who elect this forum to trash Michael Jackson's name and character, you should probably be reminded that Michael Jackson was not on trial. He's the DEAD ONE! Are you saying Murray should not face the consequences of his actions because of rumors and gossip that took place years ago? Maybe you didn't hear that the first boy Michael supposedly molested recanted the claim the day after Michael died, encouraged to sue at his fathers behest.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      Plus, the father committed suicide, after MJs death. Guess he couldn't handle the guilt, for what he did!

      November 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jk

    Michael slept with young people, Gandhi often slept with young girls, in Africa it is believed that the breath of children will keep you young and there is a definite occult significance if you know anything about those rituals, which are most often disgusting.

    However MJ seemed like a pure innocent to me, shockingly naive, but never malicious. You can twist that pervert dial as far as you want but usually there are tale tell signs and he did not have them.

    As far as what John Branca has to say MJ is "the greatest entertainer to have ever lived".

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

    michael could never do anything wrong. he was famous! people loved him! there's no way in hell he was doing bad things. you haters need to take some lessons or something

    November 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hollie

      Really, so you would of let youre son sleep over his house? If yes ,then you are the sicko.Just saying.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hollie

    I know right.

    November 7, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Abby

    Yes! He got what he deserved!!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Hollie

    He was a perv, he had money ,respect and fame, so he got away with it.Until he died.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bigwilliestyles

    Let this be a lesson to all you sycophants for the rich. Sorry doc, but you were guilty from the moment you suggested or agreed to pursue this protocol; the death was a consequence of your greed. And I haven't cared for Jackson since it became obvious that he was trying to turn himself white, so his celeb status meant nothing to me.

    November 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
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