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. Maximus

    Shouldn't he get a crime stoppers award for preventing a pedophile from commiting additional crimes?

    November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CSC

    Michael Jackson is the most responsible for his own death, though I do feel Conrad was not guilt-free. Why was Michael ever taking this drug and even asking for it, obviously an addict.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • stars

      A doctor should only give this drug for anasthesia; not a sleep aid!! He has the medical license, he was engligent in so many ways, and even if Jackson truly was a pedophiler, this Doc was guilty for giving it to him. .and yes, he did, they found it in an office of his

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

      Only Murray said MJ asked for it – a convicted felon, and liar.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rosemary

    So, does this mean in California State language, he gets 4 years but serves 4 minutes like Lindsey Lohan today (checked in and 20 minutes later was free again) because of overcrowding. Hey, send those prisoners to other states. Put them in general population - suffer like other humans. This doctor will get off anyway and he can go back to other states and practice medicine and eventually will be doing it again in California. This is NOT justice.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine

      Correction – Lindsay was supposed to serve 30 days, but only served 4 hours, not minutes lol

      November 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Megan

    Very LAME. i don't think he should go to jail. I think he should lose his license and get sued for a crap load of can't start charging dr's with murder.Why would they treat you if you could throw them in jail if you died. Jackson would have fired him and found a new doctor to give him the drugs he begged for.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • stars

      duh, as a Doctor you should not be giving the inappropriate drug in the first place

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

    So, are we going to try doctors that give white celebrities drugs until they die? While what Conrad Murray did was unethical he did what his patient wanted. The only reason he was tried, unlike all the other doctors that over prescribe to their celebrity patients, is because Michael Jackson was killed. Sad but true.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Absynthe

      MJ was a proud African – American with Vitilago. Murray would've been found guilty, but without the crowds if the victim was someone else.

      November 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SUNI

    Thanks God Jury saw what millions of people around the world saw and read!! JUSTICE DONE FOR MJ!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • ping rat

      he still died a pathetic junkie

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

      I think God is taking care of that Pedophile Jackson that you worship.

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

      1. Learn how to speak English
      2. Justice for MJ? He was a drug-addicted hot mess. If Dr. Murray didn't supply the drugs, MJ would have found someone else to do it.

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

    With the prison overcrowding, his sentence will be "drive past the prison on your way home from court."

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ping rat

    So now we go after the drug addicts doctor, BS.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chichi

    MJ was a grown ass man nd knew what he was getting himself into. Tell me who wouldn't take a $150,000 a month.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 60's Man

    You are the caregiver to an addict and you surcome to their pleadings for another fix. The patient is in agony and nothing else is working to resolve their suffering. Do you give that person the relief they seek. Evidently, the answer is no. I think the doctor was foolish and should lose his license but I don't see a criminal act here.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Luis

    Well done for the judge taking the time while the national media has cameras on him to acknowledge the jurors who have their lives affected by a lengthy circus trial. Kudos to him for honoring citizens doing their duty.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Coach Bobby Finstock

    Dr. Murray was no more guilty than Jackson was innocent

    November 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. todd sciant

    what a shame. michael would NOT have wanted this. every single thing i've read indicates that the king cared for this man. so i guess every drug trafficker in america should now be tried for involuntary manslaughter? addiction is a self destructive disease. god rest his soul, michael was an addict of the worst kind. he was also a genius. dr murray no doubt should lose his medical license, but prison? no way. he didnt kill anyone, just like every addict who has overdosed was not murdered.

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

      What narcotics? There was nothing MJ was addicted to, found in his blood.

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

    Jackson was a pain pill addict, and is the most responsible for his early death. He had to money to get legally away with many moral issues in his life that he is now being judged for, but you cannot give any amount of money when you ruin your health.

    November 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cecilia pedroza

    justice will not be served until all the doctors who prescribed illicent drugs to michael jackson
    can be brought to the bar of justice...

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