After a long layover, Dr. Conrad Murray began trial on September 27, 2011 for involuntary manslaughter over the death of Pop King Michael Jackson. Following a grueling six-week trial, the jurors quickly returned a verdict, finding Murray guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
During his sentencing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor sentenced Dr. Murray to the maximum of four years in jail, insisting he was shocked and bothered that Murray expressed no sense of remorse.
“Yipes! Talk about blaming the victim,” Pastor exclaimed. “Not only isn’t there any remorse, there is umbrage and outrage on the part of Dr. Murray against the decedent.”
In fact, Pastor strongly believes that the doctor was more concerned about collecting his paycheck from the late pop icon rather than practicing his Hippocratic oath. “He has absolutely no sense of remorse, absolutely no sense of fault and is and remains dangerous,” he added.
A plea from Murray’s mother prior to sentencing was not enough for Judge Pastor to have any mercy on Murray.
Following the sentencing, the Jackson family released a statement via their attorney, expressing their feelings on wanting justice, rather than revenge.
“As Michael’s parents, we never have imagined we would live to witness his passing. It is simply against the natural order of things,” the statement read. “As his children, we will grow up without a father, our best friend, our playmate and our dad.”
While Jackson was preparing for his comeback concerts in 2009, Murray served as Jackson’s personal physician. During this time, Murray administered anesthetic propofol to Jackson in his home to help him sleep.
On June 25, 2009, the untimely passing of Jackson was caused by “acute propofol intoxication” in combination with two sedatives, the Los Angeles County coroner ruled.
Fans gathered together outside the courthouse waiting to hear the verdict. Meanwhile, Jackson’s family, including parents and siblings La Toya, Jermaine and Randy, were present in the courtroom when the verdict was read. The “Thriller” singer’s children waited at home with other family members, waiting to hear the news from their grandmother, Katherine.
R.I.P. to Michael Jackson.