Doctor, who was denied bail, will be sentenced on Nov. 29 for delivering fatal dose of propofol
Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor at the time of the singer's death, has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and remanded into custody pending sentencing Nov. 29.
The jury delivered the verdict shortly after 1 p.m. PT on Monday, after deliberating for just nine hours. Both sides rested their case on Thursday after a six-week trial.
Murray was found guilty of causing the singer's June 2009 death by giving the singer the anesthetic propofol to treat his insomnia. Though Murray told police in an interview two days after Jackson's death that he had given the singer propofol nearly every night in the two months-plus that he had been treating him, Murray's defense team asserted that Jackson had self-administered the fatal dose.
As the unanimous verdict was read in court by the clerk, a brief outburst rang through the courtroom, which contained several of Jackson's relatives, including his parents Joe and Katherine Jackson, and his siblings Jermaine, Randy and La Toya. Murray's mother was also present for the reading of the verdict.
Cheers erupted outside of the downtown Los Angeles courthouse, where a crowd had amassed, as word of the verdict leaked out. Many of those in the crowd outside the courthouse were carrying signs indicating their belief Murray was guilty.
Following the reading of the verdict, La Toya tweeted, "VICTORY!!!!!!" and added, "Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!"
The "Beat It" singer's sister also expressed gratitude to Jackson's admirers, tweeting, "Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!
Murray, who remained stone-faced as the verdict was read, was not allowed bail, with Judge Michael Pastor citing public safety and the seriousness of the offense as factors.
"This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being," Pastor told the court, while explaining his reasons for remanding Murray into custody. "That factor demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected."
The doctor, who faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Judge Pastor profusely thanked the jurors for their service, particularly given the fact that the trial had gone over its expected length.
“Serving on a case of this sort has interfered with your lives,” Pastor said. “You have undertaken the responsibility in a remarkable fashion. Thank you for your time and your efforts.”
During the trial, prosecutors brought emergency responders and emergency-room personnel at UCLA Medical Center to the stand, to testify that Murray didn't mention propofol when asked what drugs Murray gave Jackson on the day of his death. The prosecutors also presented propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer, who rattled off 17 egregious deviations from the standard of care on Murray's part.
The witnesses for Murray's defense included Shafer's colleague-turned-courtroom rival Dr. Paul White, who testified, among other things, that Jackson most likely gave himself the fatal drug dose that killed him.
Murray himself did not take the stand during the trial.