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Originally posted 10/28/2013 08:50AM
The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly cut down.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson's death in June 2009 by providing the superstar with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his personal physician.
Originally posted 10/02/2013 07:00PM
Concert promoter AEG Live was not negligent in the death of Michael Jackson and the singer's mother and children shouldn't receive any money in damages, a jury found Wednesday.
After four days of deliberations, the Los Angeles Superior Court panel found that Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the pop star a deadly dose of a powerful anesthetic, was not unfit or incompetent to perform the work for which he was hired.
"The jury's decision completely vindicates AEG Live, confirming what we have known from the start – that although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of AEG Live's making," says AEG attorney Marvin Putnam.
During the civil trial, which started in April, attorneys argued over whether Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, was his doctor's fault or his own, and whether Murray was Jackson's employee or the concert promoter's. The jury began deliberating on Sept. 26.
Originally posted 11/29/2011 01:00PM
Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to the maximum penalty of four years behind bars for administering a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic to Michael Jackson.
"He violated the trust of the medical community, of his colleagues and of his patient," said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor, "and he has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault, and is and remains dangerous."
Murray, 58, was convicted of manslaughter in the 2009 death of the pop star at age 50 as he was preparing for a major concert series in the U.K.
Originally posted 11/29/2011 11:45AM
Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to four years behind bars at his sentencing Tuesday on his manslaughter conviction for administering a deadly anesthetic to Michael Jackson.
In his sentencing memo, the prosecution contended that Murray, 58, performed a "dangerous, unprecedented pharmaceutical experiment," withheld from paramedics and emergency room doctors that he'd administered propofol, and hid some drugs and equipment after Jackson stopped breathing.
Murray's attorneys, who suggested at trial that the singer caused his own death by taking extra drugs when Murray was out of the room, asked that Murray receive probation.
"There is no question that the death of his patient, Mr. Jackson, was unintentional and an enormous tragedy for everyone affected," the lawyers wrote in their sentencing memo, adding that Jackson's death was "an atypical and isolated aberration to an otherwise exceptional medical career."
Originally posted 11/07/2011 05:30PM
Throughout the six-week trial, they always felt his presence. Now they can take some solace in a courtroom victory.
Michael Jackson's family cried, shouted and finally gave a sigh of relief after his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter Monday in the pop star's death.
"He was in that courtroom and that's why victory was served," Jackson's sister La Toya told HLN while leaving through courthouse through a gauntlet of reporters.
Originally posted 11/07/2011 04:20PM
Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009, death of Michael Jackson.
A bewildered-looking Murray was handcuffed and led out of the courtroom. He was held without bail pending sentencing.
"This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being," said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor. "That factor demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected."
Earlier, Murray showed no emotion as the clerk read the verdict, which was reached after 10 hours of deliberation.
As the verdict was read in the courtroom, Jackson's sister La Toya said, "Yes!" His mother Katherine dabbed tears with a tissue. Other Jackson family members and fans shouted in joy.
Originally posted 11/07/2011 02:30PM
After less than two days of deliberation, a jury reached a verdict Monday for Dr. Conrad Murray, accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
The panel buzzed the Los Angeles Superior Courtroom three times from the deliberation room, a signal that it had made a decision. The verdict was set to be read at 1 p.m. PT. Watch it live here.
In the six-week trial, prosecutors accused Murray, 58, of recklessly administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthesia propofol to the King of Pop in June of 2009.
Originally posted 11/03/2011 07:00PM
A prosecutor Thursday asked jurors to convict Dr. Conrad Murray of involuntary manslaughter for conducting what he called "an obscene experiment" that killed Michael Jackson.
During closing arguments in the nearly six-week trial, Deputy Los Angeles District Attorney David Walgren said that Murray was not so much a doctor to Jackson as an employee. As such, Murray provided a service: administering the dangerous anesthetic propofol all night, every night, in Jackson's bedroom.
Walgren says that when the medical misadventure went awry on June 25, 2009 and Jackson stopped breathing, Murray delayed calling 911 so he could cover up the crime scene. Then, says the prosecutor, Murray withheld the fact that propofol was even involved from paramedics and emergency room doctors.
Originally posted 10/31/2011 06:00PM
Dr. Conrad Murray's defense endured a difficult stretch Monday as his most important expert witness in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case was held in contempt of court and fined $1,000.
Dr. Paul White, an expert in propofol – the powerful anesthesia blamed for the pop star's death – was found to have repeatedly violated the court's orders to refrain from testifying about private conversations with Murray.
"Quite frankly, this constitutes direct contempt of court," Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor told White, the defense's final witness.
Originally posted 10/28/2011 06:00PM
Michael Jackson likely helped himself to extra doses of two potent drugs while his personal physician Conrad Murray's back was turned, the defense's final witness told jurors on Friday.
Murray's lawyers long have asserted that Jackson caused his own death, although the expert, Dr. Paul White, says he had backed away from an earlier theory that Jackson drank the anesthesia propofol after determining that orally consumed propofol has little effect.
Instead, White told the jury, in Jackson's last minutes of consciousness, the sleepless superstar took several pills of the powerful sedative lorezepan and then injected the propofol.
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