LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Dr. Conrad Murray was being housed Tuesday in a medical section of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility, where he was being kept away from the general jail population for his own safety, the Sheriff’s
A jury of seven men and five women deliberated for less than two days before convicting the celebrity doctor in Jackson’s 2009 death.
Jurors had 300 pieces of evidence to consider after listening to 49 witnesses and complex medical testimony during the six-week trial.
Prosecutors argued that Murray acted in a criminally negligent manner after giving Jackson a powerful dose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.
The defense, however, maintained that Jackson took a deadly dose of propofol when Murray left his bedroom hours before the singer’s death.
Murray, faces up to four years in prison when he’s sentenced on Nov. 29, but Judge Michael Pastor ordered him to be remanded immediately.
Pastor, who said Murray “poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public,” ordered him to be held at the Los Angeles County Jail without bond.
Murray will also lose his medical license as the result of his conviction.
“Michael’s spirit will be with us in the court room and he will make sure the right verdict is made.” Jackson’s sister La Toya tweeted before the verdict was read. “Michael is watching over us,” Latoya said as she left the courtroom. She later tweeted, “VICTORY!!!!!! Thank you EVERYONE for your love and support! It will ALWAYS be appreciated!”
Inside the courtroom, there was a shriek when the verdict was read, though it wasn’t clear who it was. Murray sat stone-faced and showed little reaction. He appeared calm as officials led him out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Members of the Jackson family wept quietly after the guilty verdict was read.
Meanwhile, a crowd erupted in cheers outside, and some chanted “guilty” repeatedly. Fans also celebrated by dancing to the late singer’s music.
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Following the verdict, District Attorney Steve Cooley spoke to the media.
“We are gratified the jury saw the overwhelming evidence in this case… that Dr. Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter,” Cooley said.
He later added, “Finally, we want to extend our personal sympathies to the Jackson family, especially to (Jackson’s children) Prince, Paris and Blanket.”
Defense attorneys had no immediate comment after the verdict.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of The Estate of Michael Jackson released the following statement after the verdict was read:
“The Estate of Michael Jackson and Michael himself has always believed the jury system works and despite the tragedy that brought about this trial we are in agreement with the jury’s verdict. In this case Justice has been served. Michael is missed on a daily basis but his genius and his music will be with us forever. He is ‘the greatest entertainer that has ever lived.'”
The Associated Press has provided the following information about the 12 jurors on the case:
—Hispanic man, 51, from Whittier. A U.S. Postal Service supervisor who oversees 30 people and has some college education. Believes celebrities bend the rules and feel they can act as they please. Considers himself a fan of Jackson’s music. First-time juror. Has five children, five grandchildren.
—White woman, 57, born in Spain, lives in Alhambra. Account manager who supervises others and has some college. Watches “CSI” and followed the O.J. Simpson case on TV. Has been on five juries and was once a forewoman. All those juries reached verdicts. Believes celebrities feel they can act as they please. Not a fan of Jackson. Divorced, with two children, two grandchildren.
—White man, 45, management consultant from West Los Angeles with an MBA. Was a classical musician. Watches “Law and Order,” follows radio and TV news, visits a few Internet sites and has seen “This Is It” but is not a Jackson fan. Was on two previous juries that reached verdicts. Wife is a pediatric nurse. Two children.
—White man, 32, actor and part-time bookseller from Eagle Rock. Some college. Studied philosophy and theater. Watched the O.J. Simpson trial in school as an educational experience. Believes celebrities get away with crimes because of their status. Was a Jackson fan as a child and owns the “Bad,” ”Thriller” and “Dangerous” albums. Thinks Jackson was probably a good person. Was juror on a civil trial.
—White woman, 48, paralegal from Temple City. High school graduate. Watched the Casey Anthony case occasionally. Feels celebrities get off because the system can’t afford security for them in jail. Not a Jackson fan. First-time juror. Married with two grown children.
—Hispanic male, 39, from Tujunga. Bachelor’s degree in sociology. Works in product management. Listens to Howard Stern. Believes celebrities use status to get what they want. A Jackson fan who saw last few minutes of “This Is It” on TV. Served on one civil jury. Married with two children.
—Hispanic woman, 54, from San Gabriel Valley. High school graduate and office manager at husband’s moving van business. Said the Casey Anthony case showed a jury that saw evidence differently than the public majority. Was juror on two civil cases that ended with verdicts. Watches Fox News, listens to talk radio. Not a Jackson fan but loved his music as a young girl. Has four grown children.
—Hispanic man, 52, from Lynwood. School bus driver with some college. One prior jury experience. Believes celebrities get away with crimes because of their status. Not a Jackson fan but thinks he was a good artist. Spouse is mail carrier. Four children and one stepchild.
—Black man, 54, from North Hollywood. TV technical director with associate’s degree in TV production. Watches “Forensic Files” and “American Justice.” Served on three juries. Was a Jackson Five fan as a kid, now more of a Jay-Z fan. Says celebrities don’t excite him and he’s only interested in justice. Single. No children.
—White woman, 43. Born in England, lives in Monrovia. Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and medical laboratory sciences. Works in international medical marketing. Watches “NCIS.” Served on jury in England. Not a Jackson fan but bought the “Thriller” CD. Thinks celebrities sometimes bend the rules. Married with two young children.
—Hispanic woman, 36, from Whittier. Workers compensation service representative. Some college. Followed the Casey Anthony case because it involved a child. Wounded in a drive-by shooting in 1993. Once served on jury that reached a verdict. Single with two children, lives with boyfriend who has three kids.
—White male, 54, from Altadena. College professor who was a supervising animator creating characters for motion pictures at Disney and elsewhere. Had brief interactions with Jackson at Disney when the star was making “Captain EO” film. Thinks Jackson was gifted performer. No prior jury service. Followed the O.J. Simpson case, asks “Who didn’t?”