Thursday, May 23, 2013
Conrad Murray is probably wishing he'd exercised that right to remain silent back in June of 2009 after his most famous patient died of a propofol overdose. Murray's discussions with police after Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009 proved to be damning evidence that the King of Pop died at Murray's hands and not his own. On Monday, jurors returned a guilty verdict of involuntary manslaughter after just 10 hours of deliberation. At the heart of the decision, experts say, was whether Jackson injected himself with propofol while the doctor left the room or if the good doctor himself, who was being paid $150,000 per month to tend to Jackson's insomnia, pushed the fatal dose. Jurors found the latter to be the case, and now Murray faces sentencing on Nov. 29. J. Michael Flanagan, a member of the defense team, tells TMZ that they're "very disappointed" in the verdict and plan to appeal. Based on the celebrity Twitterverse reaction, they're the only ones. LaToya Jackson expressed her joy in a flurry of tweets: "VICTORY!!!!!!...Michael I love you and I will continue to fight until ALL are brought to justice!...Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!" Piers Morgan wrote, "Whichever way you viewed the evidence, #ConradMurray 's behaviour was clearly unethical for a doctor. Right verdict." And Al Sharpton chimed in with, "Murray's conviction is just a down payment for the family of Michael Jackson." Murray faces a sentence of up to four years in prison; however, due to California's prison overcrowding, he may not serve much of that time at all - and he likely would do time in a county jail. At this time, Murray is in the jail's medical ward, where deputies can keep a closer eye on the doctor. There are reports that he is on suicide watch; however, TMZ reports that those reports are inaccurate.