Conrad Murray Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter in MJ's Death

WI Web Staff Report | 11/7/2011, 5:52 p.m.
Michael Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray, was immediately handcuffed and taken into custody following guilty verdict./AP Photo

Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson and faces sentencing on Nov. 29.

Members of Jackson's family wept quietly and remained in the courtroom Nov. 7 as Murray, who sat stone-faced at the reading of the verdict, was handcuffed and taken into custody.

Painted as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star, Murray, 58, appeared calm as he was being led away. The Houston cardiologist faces up to four years in prison and could lose his medical license.

Following word of the verdict, there was a shriek in the courtroom and the crowd outside erupted into cheers of victory.

However, there are Murray supporters who believe the Panama-born doctor didn't act negligently in the King of Pop's June 25, 2009 death, and thahe had been used as a cover-up.

"This man didn't deserve this. They needed a scapegoat," DiGiacomo, 53, a former Long Island, N.Y., teacher's aide, said in an interview. She added that she didn't believe Murray did anything to intentionally harm Jackson.

Jackson's sister LaToya Jackson, and other family members have adamantly stated their belief that Michael was murdered by people who felt he was worth more in death, and who were also bent on taking control of his multi-million dollar Beatles catalog.