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Conrad Murray found guilty in death of Michael Jackson

Monday, November 07, 2011
Michael Jacksons doctor, Conrad Murray, was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the pop stars death. The verdict is read in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. Michael Jacksons parents and several of his siblings were in the courtroom when the guilty verdict was read. Defense Attorney Michael Flanagan talks to reporters after a jury returned with a guilty verdict in the Conrad Murray trial. Hundreds of people were outside the courthouse, and many erupted in cheers when they heard the guilty verdict. District Attorney Cooley held a press conference after the jury in the Conrad Murray trial returned with a guilty verdict. Attorney Dana Cole, who has been following the Murray trial, said he would be astounded if Murray was sentenced to four years. Angelenos had mixed reaction to the conviction of Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson. Local college students say the Conrad Murray trial taught them a lot about our legal system and the medical profession. From tears to cheers, the announcement of Conrad Murrays conviction brought out a range of emotions in Jackson fans.

It took jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray about nine hours to come back with a guilty verdict.

Judge Michael Pastor warned everyone in the courtroom to make no sound when the verdict was read, but with the pronouncement of the jury's decision, some could not suppress their emotions, and shrieks were heard in the courtroom.

Watch video of the guilty verdict being read in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, 58, was remanded into the custody of the sheriff's department without bail until he is sentenced on Nov. 29. He showed no emotion when the guilty verdict was read and remained stone-faced while he was led out by deputies in handcuffs.

After the verdict was read, the Jackson family hugged prosecutors, and Katherine Jackson, mother of the 50-year-old pop star, was seen kissing Deputy District Attorney David Walgren on the cheek.

Jackson fans outside the downtown courthouse erupted in cheers. Some sang "Beat It" and held signs that read "Guilty," "Killer," and "Justice for Michael." Drivers honked their horns.

Murray's defense team left the courthouse making few comments. Defense attorney Michael Flanagan said, "Certainly there will be an appeal."

Watch video of the Jackson family's reaction to the verdict in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

The seven men and five women deliberated for 8 hours and 38 minutes before reaching a verdict. They had been sifting through six weeks of evidence and witness testimony.

"Feels worse in some ways because nothing is going to bring my brother back," Rebbie Jackson said shortly after the verdict was read.

Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley praised investigators, prosecutors and the jury for their work in the case.

"We are gratified that the jury saw that the overwhelming evidence in this case led to just one conclusion: that Dr. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson," Cooley said.

Walgren also made a brief statement after Cooley, thanking Pastor and the jury for "being so conscientious in their duties."

Watch video of defense attorney Michael Flanagan talking after the manslaughter conviction Dr. Conrad Murray.

"I just thank the jury, and our sympathies go out to the Jackson family at this time for the loss that they have suffered, not a pop icon but a son and a brother. And I think that's most important to keep in mind today," Walgren said.

Jackson's family, including Katherine, Joe, Randy, Rebbie, La Toya and Jermaine, were at the courthouse for the reading of the verdict. Kathy and Richard Hilton were also seen with the Jackson family.

Janet Jackson was not present because she was in Sydney to perform at the Sydney Opera House.

"Wonderful, absolutely, justice was served, Michael was watching over us," La Toya Jackson said as she walked out of the courthouse.

The jury was not asked to determine whether Murray actually gave Jackson the fatal dose, only whether he was primarily responsible for the singer's death.

The jury decided Murray was responsible for the fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol that killed Jackson. The defense had contended Jackson gave himself the fatal dose.

Follow @abc7MurrayTrial on Twitter to get the latest updates on the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Testimony came from medical experts, household employees and Murray's former girlfriends, among others.

Murray faces four years in prison and losing his medical license when he is sentenced.

Jackson was about to mount a series of heavily promoted concerts in London that he hoped would cement a legacy larger than that of Elvis Presley or the Beatles.

"We have to be phenomenal," Jackson said about his "This Is It" concerts in London. "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, `I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world."'

View photos from courtroom when verdict was read in the Conrad Murray trial.

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