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. bluemax77

    Finally, a jury with some sense in America...

    November 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis Favela

      There are 2 things i want to tell you1. You obviously know nothing of how court proceedings and verdicts are found.
      2. If you had common sense or logic, you would be disgusted with the verdict, MJ asked for these drugs, they were not forced upon them , America has reached an epiphany of finding scapegoats for everything, i am sincerely disgusted with how people view verdicts, just because they he's guilty does not mean under the moral rights that he was out to kill. If you are a doctor to a star like MJ and he is asking for help and for pills, would you ever think that you would be blamed for the decisions of your patients? Please if you do know about Law, tell me how many cases in the past year having to do with prescription overdoses have proceeded to sue the doctor and actually find them guilty. The world wanted someone to blame, but the only blame was on life, because it was a horrible tragedy that had been building up. whoever says MJ was healthy before he went to the doctor's is ignorant and out right illogical. Please America, read a book. I am sorry for MJ's family members, but putting the blame on someone and ending another's life is WRONG.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      For once, the jury found justice.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rich G

    For once a jury finds someone guilty of the crime they commit.

    Justice !!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lauren G.

    --YEAH-YEAH-YEAH-–YEAH--YEAH. Finally, an intelligent L.A. jury.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SCAtheist

    justice is served!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shangela


    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lauren

    Now, revoke his license and send him to prison

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BlackandEducated

    Damn Damn Damn, He didnt kill him if Michael Wanted to Die..

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carla S.

      "This is It." I am proud of the jurors of the Conrad Murray trial for making a brave decision that I can only hope sets a precedent and sends a strong message to 'celebrity doctors' and other medical professionals who put profit over ethics, logic, and human life.

      May Jackson, his mother, and his children finally get the peace they all deserve.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      BlackandEducated? Is there a reason you are telling us you are educated and black. Do you think if you are Black, you can't be educated? Get real!

      November 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      If you're a brother, you'd know much better than to listen to the lies of tabloid media.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mightyfudge

    He killed a known pedophile. So like, does he get a medal or something now?

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      he should – he is just one more victim of jackson

      November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lauren

      Michael was not a pedophile

      November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I could not agree more! Now on to more important news. So what if a pediphil and drug addict overdosed? Happens everyday!

      November 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Lauren-I bet you believe Casey Anthony was innocent too.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RonPaul2012

    Yay! I hope the other doctor won't do anything just for money from now on.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. BC

    Good that means his 3 girlfriends are free.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian

    I guess this is how you change the fact that Michael died a drug addict to he was murdered. Just like he turned from black to white.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guilty as charged

      @ Brian don't be a lame ass moron!! IT DOESN'T"T MATTER if Michael Jackson was a drug addict or what color his skin was!! Dr. Conrad Murray was completely unethical in his actions as a Doctor!! and for that he needs to have his license revoked and he needs to go to jail!!!

      November 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis Favela

      Agreed, I find it hilarious how people are saying "Thank God America, we have found justice" They obviously spend too much time on the computer instead of educating themselves on the law.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LL72

    Am I the only one weirded out by the judge's prolonged thanks to the jury while the convicted is sitting there waiting on what's happening next??

    November 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Yes, because everyone else understands how difficult such a case is for the jury, God bless them all.

      November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jose F Colon

    Justice has been made. Nevertheless, the pain suffered by Michael Jackson's family is something that can not be mended. God Bless them all.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Blanket Jackson

    Why the hell am i named blanket? Conrad Murrary you tell me why i am named blanket!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike


      November 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr. Ruth

      That is a question you should of asked your father.. the one that like to sleep with kids

      November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. family

    If it were any other pedophile more people would be singing Dr. Murry praises.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      That's SICK. MJ was innocent, even found innocent by his peers. YOU need to read, and not listen to propoganda.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
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