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. tonya

    i would like to state that i am so glad that this is over with and the whole Jackson Family can be at ease. Mr. & Mrs. Jackson can rest now and get this whole thing behind them and move on with their lives. The most important thing is that Michael Jackson can R.I.P. People have been stating that Conrad Murray wasn't the only one involved with M.J. death but in the end, he (Conrad) ended his life and he NEEDED to get what was coming to him. Thank God for that!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. debbe

    I feel the Jackson family should be ashamed of themselves! Like everyone else is saying...the family knew that MJ had a addiction problem but not one of them addressed him about it. Now I'm sure they will be looking into a movie made of this bad situation cause all their concerned about is how much money can be made. I'm sorry but where were they when MJ started to go out of control some time when he started to turn himself into a white person??? Come Jackson family, you're just as much to blame if not more to blame than Dr Murphy! I don't condone what the Dr did but now his career is over cause you the family wouldn't step in and stop this before it got to where it is now! Like its being said if not Dr Murphy it would be some other Dr taking the blame for the Jackson family's ignorance! Shame on you the Jackson family!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. roqua

    i think its all BS....that man is not to blame for jackson being a dope head and sick, he got trapped in the game, you should all be ashamed.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
  4. debbe

    I can smell a movie coming on.......peweeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. George Vreeland Hill

    Conrad Murray is a killer who took away from us, Michael Jackson.
    He won't serve that long in prison, but I hope he gets the max.
    Murray will never live in peace, so this is really a life sentence.

    George Vreeland Hill

    November 8, 2011 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bradsgirl

    A Dr. Robert Bonilla from Inglewood, Ca. was found guilty of manslaughter a few months ago. he did the surgery at a home converted into a clinic and his patient died right there and then. Dr. administered anesthesia himself and had no anesthesiologist or attendants present. He failed to call 911 or to have him transferred to the hospital a few blocks away.
    Why was his sentence different than Conrad Murray's?

    November 8, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. ldstep

    I guess the "INSTRUMENT" will be playing alone from now on.

    November 8, 2011 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kayla

    Guess he wasn't such a smooth criminal....


    November 8, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Carolina

    So this is American Justice? O.o This Docter probably kept MJ alive longer with extreme medical care. No Doctor should be accountable for the death of a Drug- & Substance addict.

    November 8, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • KristyTX

      Where are you from? The ONLY thing that I find wrong with the trial is Murray should have got a needle in his arm for killing MJ. Murray should have never been a doctor in the first place he did not even know how to give CPR nor call 911. This man was on the phone with one of his many girlfriends as MJ was not breathing.

      November 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori Porter

      Agree with Carolina! If your an addict and rich as Jackson you could get this medicine or any other in a pizza box delivered to his very home! Please let that Doctor go!

      November 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aremu

      That is justice for you; an innocent man taken to the slaughter house. If truth must be told, Jackson killed himself. @kristy tx, I think your reasonng is beclouded by sentiment, racism ,and prejudice. If this man had been born in the U.S it would have been a different ball game; he may be drinking champaigne in his jacuzzi right now.

      November 14, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. keller52

    pimp, you are so correct. the only reason mj wasn't found guilty of molestation is because he owned the town that they held the trial in. he donated millions of dollars to everything in town to cover up his child addiction. mj and ALL the other doctors he used are all just as guilty as cm in this case. cm was bad but not the cause of mj's death.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. UK Truth

    If I were a Doctor I would have tried to kill MJ too, after what he did to all of those poor children. Maybe now MJ's children will finally be allowed to live a somewhat normal life.

    Freed Conrad Murry, "Peadobane" and patron saint of endangered children.

    November 8, 2011 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • KristyTX

      Wow unlike Murray MJ was found innocent and that kid he settled with apologized after MJ died for the fact that he lied and lied only because his father made him for money. All those who come on here to talk crap about the kindest man with the biggest heart really needs to learn some respect MJ is gone the world lost a beautiful person.

      November 10, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 8, 2011 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. Sunshine1167

    Michael was responsible for his own death,

    November 8, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Agree, to say the Dr was at fault, the stupid judge should have also said MJ was equally at fault. That would be fair.

      November 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jaintn

    The doc is probably 25% to blame for MJ's death. The other 75% rests on MJ's teeny tiny little shoulders and with his grasping, greedy family. Good grief, I saw that LaToya creature on something last night speaking for the family wearing her admiral's outfit or whatever that was. She's almost as freakish as MJ was but with zero talent. That whole family should be ashamed of themselves for what happened to MJ. I was no fan of his but he deserved better than the vultures he was born into.

    November 8, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. calvin

    Its too bad that Conrad Murray is the one solely blamed for MJS death. Its also sickening how a lot of the fans viewed MJ as a God. Its too bad that people don't spend that much energy fighting, protesting for the Real King! The KING OF KINGS, JESUS CHRIST.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
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