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Dr. Conrad Murray blows a kiss to an unidentified member of the courtroom audience after he was sentenced to four years behind bars for his involuntary manslaughter conviction in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Anzuoni / Pool

Dr. Conrad Murray listens as Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor delivers his sentence Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool

Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson, arrives at the courthouse for the sentencing of Dr. Conrad Murray.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

LaToya Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson, arrives at the courthouse for Tuesday's sentencing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, right, arrives at the courthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson fans scream with approval after hearing the news of the guilty verdict in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Nov. 7, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Katherine Jackson leaves the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center after she and her family heard the jury's guilty verdict in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter case.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

LaToya Jackson walks past screaming fans and photographers after hearing the guilty verdict in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter case at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Nov. 7, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray is handcuffed by a bailiff after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter Monday in the death of singer Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray remained expressionless as the jury returned with a guilty verdict Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray sits at the defense table during court session Monday in which he was declared guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A crowd gathers outside court in downtown Los Angeles. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Jana Bates, 16, cries outside court in downtown Los Angeles. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson supporters square off with Conrad Murray supporter Willie Hampton, left, on the sidewalk in front of the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, where Murray was found guilty Monday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson, arrive at the courthouse to hear the jury's verdict.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Nick Ut / Associated Press

Dr. Paul White, an anesthesiologist and propofol expert, demonstrates an intravenous drip during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of singer Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer holds an intravenous line as he is cross-examined by a defense attorney.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reed Saxon / Pool

Dr. Conrad Murray speaks with a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy in the courtroom.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevork Djansezian / Pool

Prosecution witness Dr. Stephen Shafer, far right, answers a question from Deputy Dist. Att. David Walgren, standing left.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kevork Djansezian / Pool

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren shows documents to Dr. Robert Waldman, an addiction specialist, during his testimony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Dennis Hix, defense character witness and former patient of Dr. Conrad Murray, testifies in Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in L.A.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Cherilyn Lee, Michael Jackson's former nurse practitioner, wipes her eyes during testimony at Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of the singer in Los Angeles Superior Court. Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical licenses if convicted.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan, right, approaches witness Michael Dean Henson, technical operations officer for Pacific Toxicology Labs, during Henson's testimony.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Los Angeles Police Department Det. Orlando Martinez testifies as the defense starts its case.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Buck / Pool

Dr. Christopher Rogers, deputy medical examiner at the Los Angeles coroner's office, left, is shown an empty prescription bottle of Lorazepam from Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robyn Beck / Pool

Judge Michael E. Pastor listens as Dr. Alon Steinberg speaks from the witness stand during during Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool photo

Dr. Alon Steinberg gestures while speaking from the witness stand during Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool photo

Dr. Conrad Murray listens as Dr. Alon Steinberg speaks from the witness stand during Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool photo

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool photo

Dr. Alon Steinberg testifies. Dr. Conrad Murray is charged in the death of singer Michael Jackson, who died of an overdose of prescription drugs, including propofol and lorazepam, in June 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Pool photo

Michael Jackson's brother and sister, Randy and Janet Jackson, arrive at the courthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Reed Saxon / AP

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff, right, holds an intravenous line as he questions medical equipment rep Sally Hirschberg during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters Pool

Judge Michael E. Pastor listens as prosecution witness Nicole Alvarez testifies in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in Los Angeles on Oct. 4, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Anzuoni / Pool

Prosecution witness Sade Anding points in court during her testimony in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Anzuoni / Pool

Michael Jackson's siblings Rebbie Jackson, center, and Randy Jackson, left, arrive at the courthouse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP

Prosecution witness and paramedic Richard Senneff, right, testifies as Judge Michael E. Pastor observes. Senneff testified that Dr. Conrad Murray said Jackson had no underlying medical condition on the day the pop star stopped breathing at his mansion.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Although Jackson appeared dead, his skin cold, eyes dry and his pupils dilated, Dr. Conrad Murray insisted he had "just" lost consciousness, paramedic Richard Senneff testified.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Defense attorney J. Michael Flannigan watches co-counsel Naug Gourjian cross-examine paramedic Richard Senneff.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

An emotional Dr. Conrad Murray looks up during the defense opening arguments in his involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Prosecutor Deborah Brazil questions paramedic Martin Blunt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Paramedic Martin Blunt testifies during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Richelle Cooper, emergency room physician, testifies in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Prosecution witness Robert William Johnson, left, testifies as Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren questions him. Johnson said the pulse and blood-oxygen monitor Murray used on Jackson was "not labeled for constant monitoring" of a patient and should have only been used for spot checks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Robert Russell, a former patient of Dr. Conrad Murray, testified that he felt desperate, frustrated and abandoned when Murray failed to keep crucial appointments about his heart about the time of Jackson's death.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Alberto Alvarez, a Michael Jackson body guard, testifies during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren holds a bottle of propofol while questioning Alberto Alvarez. Alvarez testified that Dr. Conrad Murray wanted to hide medicine in the pop star's room before calling 911 after Jackson stopped breathing.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Defendant Conrad Murray looks on as his attorney J. Michael Flanagan speaks in court.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Defense Attorney J. Michael Flanagan questions Kai Chase, Michael Jackson's personal chef.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Kai Chase, Michael Jackson's personal chef, testifies during Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Television trucks are parked along Spring Street in downtown L.A. for coverage of the Murray trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Conrad Murray, flanked by his attorney's, J. Michael Flanagan, left, and Edward Chernoff during court proceedings on the second day of Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, testified that the singer's personal physician asked to be driven back to the singer's Holmby Hills mansion to retrieve something, Dr. Conrad Murray said he needed to get "some cream that Michael wouldn't want the world to know about," recalled Williams, during the second day of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Conrad Murray watches prosecutor Deborah Brazil question concert promoter Paul Gongaware on the second day of his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Concert promoter Paul Gongaware testified that he negotiated the terms when Dr. Conrad Murray was hired to be Jackson's personal physician during his London tour.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Micheal Jackson fan David Jack Grimsley stands on the sidewalk outside Superior Court in a show of support during the second day of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Anesthesiologist Dr. Barry Friedberg brought props to the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A supporter of Dr. Conrad Murray stands on the sidewalk outside Superior Court in downtown Los Angeles on the second day of Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Dr. Conrad Murray listens to the prosecution's opening arguments in his involuntary manslaughter trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

A prosecution exhibit is projected during opening arguments in the Conrad Murray trial, showing two images of Michael Jackson: one dancing on June 24, 2009, and one on a gurney the next day.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Judge Michael E. Pastor listens to opening arguments by Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren shows a monitoring device to the jury during the prosecution's opening arguments.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson's family, including his parents, Katherine and Joe Jackson, brother Jermaine and sisters La Toya and Janet, and other brothers arrive at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Michael Jackson fans are gathered outside Los Angeles County Superior Court for opening statements in the highly anticipated trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of administering a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

La Toya Jackson arrives at the courthouse for opening statements in the trial.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s 2009 death.

See our complete coverage of the trial and list of witnesses so far.

6 Comments

  1. September 27, 2011, 2:04 pm

    I believe that Conrad is guilty! “If” he really is a doctor, then he should’ve been with Michael the entire time. He should’ve never left the room, but if he needed to, he shouldn’t have left any drugs around. You don’t go into a doctor’s office and have medication just there for you to take. I don’t believe that Michael injected himself, I think Conrad did it, and he’s blaming Michael for his mistakes. Michael isn’t here to defend himself, that isn’t fair. I say we the people and fans of Michael need to defend him.

    One of the main things (trust me there is more than one) that makes me so angry and question that Conrad is a doctor, is the fact that he was giving Michael CPR on a BED!!! I mean, for real? Wow! He killed Michael either way you look at it!

    Conrad’s tears are not for Michael, they are for his own behalf. I have no sympathy for him.

    May God be with the Jackson family during this trail, and know that Michaels fans are there with you in spirit, and we will never let him die in our hearts.

    By: Sherry Cieslukowski
  2. September 30, 2011, 7:01 am

    How sad and pathetic are these losers who have nothing else better to do than to hang around a court house and hold up signs of support. Don't thse people have a job or at least be looking for one? I guess the economy is really that bad after all.

    By: Tom
  3. October 3, 2011, 3:32 pm

    It's the same case of Elvis Presley and his doctor Nick(I can't remember his surname sorry). I hate hypocrisy everyday the people take drugs"propofol in home,morphine,demerol,vicodin,valium…" and at times "things happen".I know several cases in L.A about it.

    By: guigoreiss@gmail.com
  4. October 5, 2011, 10:27 pm

    i here u tom and sherry. my brother just passed away this year from his wife giving him her perscribed meds…. its manslaughter. i hope the jackson family have some peace, and his kiddos.

    By: miachiquita
  5. November 1, 2011, 4:20 am

    i have watched the trial intently and without bias,my conclusion is Conrad Murray is guilty as charged.

    He should have pleaded guilty accepted responsibility for his actions as a man of concience should,instead of trying to blame Michael for his mistakes,and then maybe he will be able to sleep easier.

    By: Barry
  6. November 7, 2011, 4:49 pm

    "Involuntary Manslaughter"! Guilty as charged. But look again at the charge. "Involuntary…"! He made some bad calls. He was relied upon for professional conduct. He needs to be punished. Fine. But this guy is no monster. The judge says he's a danger to society. It's hard to imagine a judge being THAT stupid.

    By: Mike Long

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