Conrad Is "Devastated" Over Verdict

Conrad Murray spent his first night in jail alone and on suicide watch after being convicted of killing Michael Jackson on Monday.

Yesterday, Conrad Murray lost at trial and was convicted of accidentally killing Michael Jackson with the sedative propofol. Murray was immediately handcuffed after the guilty verdict was delivered and remanded to an undisclosed Los Angeles County jail. Surprising Murray's defense team, the judge decided to deny bail. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor explained his decision to the court.

Conrad Murray on suicide watch during his first night in jail


"This is not a crime involving a mistake of judgment... This was a crime where the end result was the death of a human being," Pastor said in explaining his decision to remand Murray into police custody. "That factor demonstrates rather dramatically that the public should be protected."

The jury only deliberated for nine hours and Murray's defense team was not shocked by the guilty verdict. Defense attorney, Ed Chernoff, spoke to CNN after Monday's verdict and when asked if he was surprised by the verdict said, "No."

In a separate comment to CNN, Chernoff voiced concern over the amount of time Conrad Murray could spend in jail, "What matters most right now is trying to keep Dr. Murray from taking up a prison cell in this community. That's what we're focusing on right now and we'll deal with an appeal after that." Another one of Conrad Murray's defense attorneys, Nareg Gourjian, revealed Murray is "devastated" by the jury decision.

Conrad Murray could face up to four years in jail or receive as little as probation. Given Judge Pastor's decision to place Murray into immediate custody, CNN's legal experts believe Murray is likely to see a harsher sentence when he returns to court for sentencing on Nov. 29, 2011.

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Comments on "Conrad Murray on suicide watch in solitary confinement"

CArizona November 11, 2011 | 10:16 AM

This is not unusual.. a guy like this will have alot of guilt, anger and second thoughts going through his head but higly not suicidal as a narcisstic and real into himself attitude that tells himself he is innocent and will appeal his finding.. purely precautionary for his depression.. this happens to many well off or high profile individuals and should be taken with a grain of salt. precaution is better than recklessness.

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