Entries in Conrad Murray (3)


Conrad Murray Invites Katherine Jackson to Jailhouse Visit

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As if dealing with her family drama weren’t enough, now Katherine Jackson has been invited by Conrad Murray, the doctor convicted in her son Michael Jackson’s death, to visit him in jail.

Murray extended the invitation to the late pop star’s mother to “answer any questions she might have.”

The invitation came Tuesday night via a statement released to CNN through Murray’s lawyers, Valerie Weiss and Michael Flanagan.

“I’ve been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life,” Murray said. “Seeing that she is up in age and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one on one and answer any questions she might have.”

Murray, who is serving time in a Los Angeles County jail after he was sentenced to four years for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, said he would put Katherine Jackson’s name on the visitor list.

“It would put her at peace,” he said in his statement. “I would do that truly out of concern for her and altruistic love and concern for others. I want to see her. I do not want Mrs. Jackson to suffer. She remains as dear to me as my own mother, unbeknownst to her.”

Murray’s offer comes amid an ongoing feud among members of the Jackson family that has engulfed Katherine Jackson and the late singer’s three children.

“Although I am not permitted to see the news in jail, there are times when intermittent snippets are seen before a channel change occurs,” Murray in the statement. “I recently saw Katherine Jackson in one of those snippets. She appeared to be extremely sad. I also heard she is having a difficult time.”

Reps for Katherine Jackson did not respond immediately to an ABC News request for comment, but one told CNN that it was doubtful she would accept Murray’s offer.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years In Death of Michael Jackson 

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's former personal physician, was sentenced by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday to four years' imprisonment after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter Nov. 7 in Jackson's death.

Judge Michael Pastor cited Murray's lack of remorse and "abandonment of his patient" in pronouncing the sentence, and said that Murray "engaged in a recurring pattern of deceit and lies," and "became involved in a cycle of horrible medicine."  He rejected the option of probation because he said there was no "acknowledgement of rehabilitation and responsibility" by Dr. Murray.

While members of Jackson's family were in court for sentencing, including mother Katherine, sister La Toya and brother Jermaine, an anticipated appearance by Jackson's children did not materialize, nor did any family member speak.  Instead, civil attorney Brian Panish read a statement on behalf of the Jackson family.  That statement included the children saying that because of what Murray did, "we will grow up without a father, playmate and best friend."

After the family statement was read, the prosecution argued for the maximum sentence, at one point saying that whenever Conrad Murray administered propofol to Jackson, he was "playing Russian roulette with Michael Jackson's life every single night."

Judge Pastor also denied a defense request to ban cameras from the courtroom prior to sentencing, declaring that the public interest outweighed any private concerns of Murray's.  The judge also noted that Murray did on-camera interviews for the recently-aired documentary on the Jackson case and Murray's trial.

Murray was found guilty of causing Michael Jackson's death by administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer on June 25, 2009.  Prior to his sentencing, Murray had been remanded without bail into the custody of the L.A. County Sheriff.  Murray's trial began on Sept. 27.  The jury, comprised of seven men and five women, deliberated for less than 12 hours before reaching its verdict.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Michael Jackson’s Doctor on Suicide Watch?

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- An attorney for Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is vehemently denying reports that Murray is on suicide watch at the Los Angeles County Jail.

“Dr. Conrad Murray is distressed for being in jail and for losing his dear friend Michael Jackson, but he would never commit suicide,” Murray’s defense attorney Nareg Gourjian said in a statement. “I have been visiting him almost every day and, under the circumstances, he’s doing as well as one can while incarcerated. Any statement that he’s going to kill himself is categorically false.”

TMZ was reporting that sources who have visited Murray in jail said that he has been telling people that he no longer has the will to live and has been considering suicide.

The website also reported that Murray is in the medical ward of the jail due to the suicide watch, but a spokesman for the jail would not confirm or deny if Murary was, in fact, in the medical ward.

On Nov. 7, a jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death. In the six- week trial, the prosecution argued that Murray was responsible for a lethal overdose of the anesthetic propofol that killed Jackson.

Judge Michael Pastor denied a request by Murray’s lawyers to allow him to remain free while awaiting sentencing on Nov. 29. Instead, the judge said, “public safety demands that he be remanded” to jail.

Murray is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 29 and faces up to four years in prison.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

ABC News Radio