Conrad Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in death of Michael Jackson

November 7, 2011

Conrad Murray

Online Staff Report

Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty in a Los Angeles County court of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of pop superstar Michael Jackson. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 29.

Murray, 58, who was taken into custody without bail, will lose his medical license and face a sentencing range of probation to four years behind bars.

The sentence will be determined by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, with probation officials and attorneys from both sides offering input, if necessary.

As a result of a change in California law, Murray could spend any sentence he may receive in a county jail, as opposed to a state prison.

The guilty verdict came after the jury of seven men and five women deliberated for less than nine hours over two days. The trial, which began Sept. 27, featured 49 witnesses and more than 300 pieces of evidence.

Murray reportedly sat stone-faced and showed little reaction to the verdict. A shriek was also reportedly heard in the courtroom when the verdict was read, and many in the courtroom applauded and shouted support of the guilty verdict.

Jackson, 50, died June 25, 2009. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide Aug. 28, 2009.

Prior to his death, Jackson reportedly had been administered propofol, along with lorazepam and midazolam, two anti-anxiety benzodiazepines. Murray acknowledged giving Jackson anesthetic propofol to help him sleep.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged Murray had given Jackson the fatal dose of propofol in the bedroom of the pop star’s California mansion. However, the defense argued Jackson administered the propofol himself after Murray had left the room.

Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter Feb. 8, 2010, and was released after posting a $75,000 bail.

Jackson, known as the King of Pop, had been preparing for his farewell tour, “This Is It,” at the time of his death.

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