Michael Jackson personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by the Los Angeles Superior Court after a six-week long trail that portrayed him as a negligent caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star. This marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture’s most shocking tragedies – the death of the King of Pop on the eve of the singer’s heavily promoted comeback concerts. A few minutes later he was handcuffed and taken into custody without bail until sentencing on November 29. Murray showed no reaction towards the verdict as officials led him out of the courtroom.
Fans of the King of Pop outside the court erupted in joy as they got to know about the verdict. According to them the verdict was long time coming and guilty was punished.
Dr. Conrad Murray could face up to 4 years in prison and also he could lose his medical license as well. The jury deliberated less than nine hours. The judge polled the jury, and each juror answered “yes” when asked whether their verdict was guilty.Jackson’s family including mother Katherine and father Joe, and siblings Randy, Jermaine, Rebbie and La Toya were in court. His mother was hugged by Randy and appeared to cry into a tissue, after the verdict was announced.Prosecutors portrayed Murray as an incompetent doctor who used the anesthetic propofol without adequate safeguards and whose neglect left Jackson abandoned as he lay dying.
Murray’s lawyers sought to show the doctor was a guardian angel of mercy with former patients vouching for his skills. Murray told police from the outset that he gave Jackson propofol and other sedatives as the star struggled for sleep to prepare for his shows. But the doctor said he administered only a small dose on the day Jackson died.
Testimony showed Murray gave Jackson intravenous doses that night of the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam. Jackson also took a Valium pill. But nothing seemed to bring sleep. Finally, according to police records he gave the singer a small dose of propofol – 25 milligrams – that seemed to put him to sleep. The doctor said he felt it was safe to leave his patient’s bedside for a few minutes, but Jackson was not breathing when he returned.
Witnesses said he was most likely dead at that point. Prosecution expert witnesses said Murray was acting well below the standard of care required of a physician for administrating sedatives
The prosecution said using propofol in a home setting without lifesaving equipment on hand was a deviation from that standard. They called it gross negligence, the legal basis for an involuntary manslaughter charge
Doctor of Michael Jackson Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of in voluntary manslaughter and has been sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment. Earlier Murray was the doctor of Jackson and he administered overdose of an anesthetic called prpofal, which led to the death of the legendary singer Michael Jackson.
The doctor has been charged of medico-negligence. After the verdict was announced the supporters of Jackson were in joy and according to them Murray is not fit to be a doctor. A jury has reached a verdict in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s doctor. Court officials say it will be read about 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST). Murray pleaded not guilty to giving the “Thriller” singer a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic prpofal — normally used in surgery — that was ruled the main cause of his death at the age of 50. Prosecutors argued Murray was grossly negligent in administering the prpofal to help Jackson sleep. Defense lawyers claimed Jackson delivered the fatal dose to himself. The judge ordered Murray, who had been free on bail for two years, held in custody until his sentencing. The doctor did not testify at the six-week trial and looked impassive as the guilty verdict was announced in the packed courtroom. Jackson’s mother Katherine and sister Robbie cried silently at the result. Other family members in court included his siblings La Toya and Randy, along with his father Joe.
“I am,” Katherine Jackson said when reporters asked if she was pleased with the verdict.
Jackson was found lifeless at his Los Angeles mansion on June 25, 2009, about three weeks before he was due to begin a series of concerts in London aimed at returning him to the limelight after the humiliation of his 2005 trial and acquittal on child molestation allegations. The practicing license of Murray can also be cancelled due this grave conviction for 4 years by the court for involuntary manslaughter.
At the time of verdict Jackson’s family members were also present in the court.
Report contributed by Adhir Roy Chowdury and Abhishek Kumar