Dr Murray on suicide watch

Published: 09 November, 2011 09:00 IST | Agencies |

Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, has been placed on suicide watch after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, facing up to 4 years in prison

Dr Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, has been placed on suicide watch after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, facing up to 4 years in prison

Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been placed on suicide watch at the Los Angeles County Jail.

Hours after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the death of the King of Pop in June, 2009, Murray was handcuffed and remanded without bail after a judge branded him a 'danger to society'.

A police officer leans over and handcuffs Dr Conrad Murray immediately
after the order to refuse him bail is announced at Los Angeles
Superior Court

A fan reacts to the verdict and cries out in celebration

A law enforcement source said he was placed on suicide watch once in custody.
The 58-year-old cardiologist will be sentenced on November 29, and could be sent to prison for up to four

Members of the Jackson family wept quietly after the guilty verdict was read at Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.

Cries of joy
But outside the courtroom, cries of joy erupted among the hundreds of fans who had gathered, singing lyrics to Beat It. There, they greeted Jackson's parents and siblings, who said justice had finally been served.

La Toya Jackson, holding back her tears, pointed to the sky and thanked the legion of fans who kept her brother's memory alive. She said, "Thank you America, thank you everyone. Everybody was wonderful. Michael loves everybody. He was in that courtroom with us -- that's why justice was served." Family matriarch Katherine Jackson said she was confident this would be the outcome of the trial.

An official statement from the family read, "The Estate of Michael Jackson and of 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."

'Reckless conduct'
Murray, wearing a grey pin-striped suit and a blue tie, had looked stunned as the jury's decision was read out after two days of deliberations.

Outside the court, hundreds of Jackson fans cheered when they heard the verdict, some holding signs that read 'guilty' and 'killer' as passing motorists honked their horns.

Judge Pastor said Murray's 'reckless conduct' meant he was a danger to the public.

Murray's lawyers said they weren't planning to make any official statement after the hearing, but defence attorney Ed Chernoff said he was 'not shocked' at the verdict.

Despite speculation Jackson's children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket did not give evidence and were kept away from the spectacle surrounding the trial.

Milking the singer
Dr Conrad Murray spent thousands of dollars on lapdancers after landing a job from Michael Jackson, telling one girl he was milking the singer for everything he could. Earning a staggering �93,000 (Rs 75 lakh) a month, Murray couldn't believe his luck.

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