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Conrad Murray Found Guilty In Michael Jackson Involuntary Manslaughter Case

Catherine Green, David McAlpine, Tracy Bloom |
November 7, 2011 | 12:49 p.m. PST

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Jurors found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty Monday afternoon in a downtown Los Angeles courthouse. The physician was charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter, facing four years in prison and the loss of his medical license. 

Murray has been on trial for the last six weeks, accused of recklessness in providing medical care to Michael Jackson. Prosecutors said the physician abandoned Jackson while the pop star was under the effects of a powerful anesthetic on June 25, 2009.

Cheers broke out outside the court after the verdict was handed down.

Dr. Murray seemed emotionless and sedate as he looked from the jury back to the judge after his verdict was read. Courtroom officers slowly handcuffed him afterwards and he was led out of the courtroom after the judge remanded him without bail.

According to lawyers, Dr. Murray's quick handcuffing was not unusual for a case of this caliber.

The Los Angeles Times reported:

At least three legal experts said Monday it was not unusual that Dr. Conrad Murray was handcuffed in the courtroom and led away to jail after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson.

"It is typical in a case with a felony conviction involving homicide to take the defendant into custody. The only unusual thing here is he is a doctor," said Dmitry Gorin, a defense attorney and former prosecutor.

Gorin said the judge referred to the danger to the community and the potential flight risk.

Families members, friends and fans also took to social media to celebrate Dr. Murray's conviction. LaToya Jackson tweeted "VICTORY!!!!!!" about an hour after the jurors returned to the courtroom with the verdict.

Murray's defense team maintained that Jackson administered the fatal dose himself after Murray had left the room.

The doctor declined to testify on his own behalf, even as prosecutors called previous girlfriends to the stand, but had admitted to police he gave Jackson the anesthetic among other sedatives on the day of the singer's death.

Dr. Murray is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29.

Check out photos from earlier in the trial by NT's Ryan Kantor.

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