Michael Jackson’s doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted Monday of manslaughter after a trial that painted him as a reckless caregiver administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star.
Dr. Murray sat stone faced during the trial and was handcuffed and taken into custody without bail until sentencing on 29 November. He appeared calm as officials removed him from the room. A cry broke the eerie silence in the packed courtroom when the verdict was read, and the crowd erupted outside the courtroom. Jubilant supporters cheered and sang Jackson’s “Beat It” and carrying signs reading: “guilty” and “murderer.” Passing motorists sounded their horns. There was no law against the administration of propofol or other sedatives. But expert witnesses said Murray was performing well below the standard of care required of a physician. They said the use of propofol in a home without rescue equipment on hand was a gross deviation from the norm. They called gross negligence, the legal basis for a charge of manslaughter.
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