Conrad Murray Released From Jail, Released Two Years Early; Served Half Time
Conrad Murray was released from jail at midnight Monday after serving two years of a four-year sentence for administering a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to pop superstar Michael Jackson at the singer's rented Holmby Hills estate.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's June 25, 2009, death at age 50. The singer was in the Southland rehearsing for his never-realized "This Is It" concert series at London's O2 Arena. The coroner's office determined that Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication.
Murray has insisted that he did nothing wrong in his treatment of the singer, with his attorneys arguing during his trial that Jackson himself likely administered the fatal dose when the doctor was out of the room. But prosecutors said propofol should only be administered in a hospital setting with proper monitoring equipment.
Jackson referred to the white-colored propofol as his "milk," and used it to combat insomnia.
Murray, now 60, was sentenced in November 2011 to four years behind bars. He is serving his time at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced earlier this year that Murray's projected release date was Oct. 28. He will be released after serving roughly two years of a four-year sentence as a result of standard good- behavior credits. News of his pending release prompted some angry comments from Jackson's family.
Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said the agency had no comment about Murray's anticipated release. When Murray was sentenced to four years in jail in 2011, Whitmore said the doctor would likely serve about two years behind bars.
Murray's treatment of Jackson was the central focus of the recent trial of a lawsuit filed against "This Is It" concert promoter AEG Live by the singer's mother, Katherine. After hearing months of testimony, a jury decided not to award the Jackson family any damages, finding that while AEG Live hired Murray, the doctor was fully competent to act as Jackson's personal physician.
Some jurors said they believed Murray acted unethically by administering the propofol to Jackson, but AEG Live could not be held liable for those acts.
After the verdict in the civil case, Murray told the ``Today'' show in an interview from jail that he was ``relieved'' by the jury's decision.
"I cried because, for once, the world was allowed to hear some of the facts as they pertain to this matter -- a lot of facts that have been suppressed, much of which I was denied and my attorneys could not present during my criminal trial," Murray said.
Asked about his plans after his release, Murray said, "I will restart my life and, God willing, I will be a model to show the world that despite adversity, and when bad things happen to good people, they can restart their life and succeed."
Murray's medical license has been suspended, but his appellate attorney, Valerie Wass, has said he hopes to regain his license and resume treating patients.
Anything that pisses off that horrific family is fine with me.
I'm kinda with R2.
Something about Murray was sad; he was apparently desperate due to debt, and I don't believe for a moment he "killed" Michael Jackson. I believe Jackson was a spoiled control fread and Murphy gave in to him, obviously violating his oath as a physician but doing so under immense pressure.
I sorta hope the guy rebounds, I really do. I miss Michael Jackson, but I also think he was a horrible person personally.
And as R2 says, anything that horrible family of trash hates, I'm all for.
Has any of them actually paid a bill since MJ died? They're notorious for not paying their bills and scamming people.
What R2 and R3 said.
Losing his license is bad enough; 2 years is plenty of time served.
Can you imagine spending the rest of your life looking over your shoulder to make sure THAT freakshow isn't behind you?
"AH! Gargoyles! No, it's the Jacksons!"
" I don't believe for a moment he "killed" Michael Jackson"
He killed Jackson through negligence. I'm an ICU nurse and I handle a lot of the drugs he used on MJ, Murray used them without any of the monitoring or safety precautions that are necessary to ensure they don't kill your patient.
But it's not murder if the "victim" begs you to kill him, and Jackson demanded the drugs that killed him. Two years is enough.
Jackson was a moron who thought he was immortal. He was wrong.
Does he really believe he can regain his medical licenses?
I never understood this as a criminal act. Tortious, perhaps very much so, but criminal?
R6, Always wanted to ask an ICU nurse the following questions. Knowing the strength of the drugs, shouldn't Murray have stayed in MJ's room all night and monitored him? Realizing that patients easily get tolerance levels and want stronger doses, was there any way Murray could have quietly substituted a less dangerous drug? Shouldn't MJ's family and the tour managers be warned of the risks MJ was taking and at least signed off on the potential risks?
"Does he really believe he can regain his medical licenses?"
It won't matter, because he'll just go to some 3rd world country and set-up shop. He's a morally corrupt man with dark addictions.
Michael always thought he'd found The Perfect Employee or advisor. Like Fate had just pushed them into his tiny world.
Of course, the only place he ever met people was 1) a hotel; 2) medical facility; or 3) shops.
"Always wanted to ask an ICU nurse the following questions. Knowing the strength of the drugs, shouldn't Murray have stayed in MJ's room all night and monitored him? Realizing that patients easily get tolerance levels and want stronger doses, was there any way Murray could have quietly substituted a less dangerous drug?"
Staying in the room wouldn't have been enough, anyone who gets those drugs needs to be on the full Star Trek vital sign monitor. High doses of the drugs Jackson got can not only make a person stop breathing, they can cause dangerous arrhythmias and make the blood pressure drop to the point of circulatory collapse. Murray had a pulse oximiter only on Jackson, which would have alerted him to a respiratory arrest if he'd been near enough to hear it, but did nothing to monitor the heart or blood pressure.
As for substituting a less dangerous drug, not with Jackson. As I understand, what happened that night is Jackson couldn't sleep without being knocked out with massive doses of something. Murray gave Jackson thumping doses of everything he had, and Jackson was still awake and demanding the propofol. Substituting different drugs or sterile water wouldn't have changed the situation, he'd still have a Jackson awake and demanding propofol.
And there's no faking the propofol, it's opaque white like milk, nothing else looks like it. Apparently Jackson used to whine "but I need my MILK" in his fake-childish-pedo way, which must have been the creepiest thing ever.