Michael Jackson's doctor convicted in star's death

LOS ANGELES - (AP) - Michael Jackson's doctor was convicted Mondayof involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death for supplyingan insomnia-plagued Jackson with a powerful operating-roomanesthetic to help him sleep as he rehearsed for his big comeback.

Dr. Conrad Murray sat stone-faced, his chin held high, as heheard the verdict that could send him to prison for up to fouryears and cost him his license to practice medicine. He washandcuffed and immediately led off to jail without bail to awaitsentencing Nov. 29.

The verdict marked the latest chapter in one of pop culture'smost shocking tragedies - the 2009 drug-overdose death of the Kingof Pop at age 50 as he was about to mount a series of heavilypromoted concerts in London that he hoped would turn his careeraround after a slide prompted by child-molestation allegations andyears of bizarre behavior.

A shriek broke the silence in the packed courtroom when thejury's decision was read, and the crowd outside the courthouseerupted in cheers. Jubilant Jackson fans sang "Beat It" and heldsigns that read "Guilty" and "Killer." Drivers honked theirhorns.

Members of Jackson's family wept, and his mother, KatherineJackson, said, "I feel better now." His sister La Toya said shewas overjoyed and added: "Michael was looking over us."

Members of the jury were escorted from the building and notavailable for comment.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff said later in the day the verdictwas a disappointment and would be appealed. Asked how Murray tookthe verdict, Chernoff said, "he's a pretty strong guy."

Regarding Murray's future, he said, "the keys to his handcuffsbelong to the judge. We certainly would like to do anything we canto keep him from going to prison."

The jury deliberated less than nine hours after a six-week trialthat depicted Jackson as a tormented genius on the brink of whatmight have been his greatest triumph but for one impediment -extreme insomnia.

To watch the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray, go to channel 612 on your iO digital cable box and select iO Extra.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Max Antoine, 33, was shot and killed early 1 Family urges Stamford man's killer to surrender to police
State and local leaders kicked off a city-wide 2 Bridgeport kicks off anti-litter campaign
One person has been pronounced dead after an 3 Police: 1 person killed in Bridgeport shooting
The state's attorney's office called Jheison Callecastro, 21, 4 Suspect in police chase appears in court
Police say a man and woman from New 5 Police: Couple steals $30K in supplies from Home Depot

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.