Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted in 2009 of involuntary murder of the famous singer and was sentenced to four years in prison in the Los Angeles County courtroom on November 29th, 2011. The iconic music star died at his home in California at age 50 when he endured cardiac arrest while using propofol; this is a surgical anesthetic that Murray had given him to use in aiding his sleep.
Michael was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958 and began his rise to fame just when he was a boy as he performed with his older brothers in the Jackson Five musical band. However, he did not reach international stardom until his solo album “Thriller” came out in 1982. Unfortunately, Jackson was being known not so-much for his music but his increasingly reclusive and eccentric behavior by the 1990s. Adding to the attention was his radically altered physical appearance through several plastic surgeries and amidst coverage by the media in 2005; Michael was tried and found not guilty regarding charges of child molestation.
After a long time out of the public spotlight, Jackson announced in March of 2009 that he would sing in multiple comeback performances starting in July in London. Jackson decided to hire that spring Dr. Murray, a cardiologist that grew up in Trinidad, to become Michael’s personal physician. Murray would be with Jackson throughout his rehearsals and was paid a monthly salary of $150,000. Sadly, Jackson was discovered unconscious at his Holmby Hills mansion in the late morning on June 25th. Murray arrived in the neighborhood of Los Angeles and found Jackson but was not able to revive him; the legendary performer was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where that afternoon Jackson was declared dead at 2:26 pm.
Later, it was announced that Jackson’s death was ruled as a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office due to discovering drugs as well as toxic amounts of the powerful sedative known as propofol in his system. Since Murray was responsible for prescribing propofol to Jackson to help him sleep at night for roughly two months before his death, Murray was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter in February of 2010; he pled not guilty. His trial started in September of 2011 and throughout the trial, the prosecution portrayed Dr. Murray as both a greedy opportunist as well as being incompetent for his reckless treatment of Jackson. This was due to Murray prescribing Jackson in an unmonitored environment propofol since it is typically given in a hospital only.
Also, Murray was said to have committed serious medical mistakes which included not keeping records regarding the medicine. Prosecutors pointed out that instead of following proper medical judgment; he gave into one of the world’s well known men by keep giving him the sleep aid every time Jackson begged him for it. Additionally, the doctor was charged with hesitating in dialing 911 after finding Michael had stopped breathing as well as lying to emergency-room doctors and paramedics. Meanwhile, Murray’s defense team put the blame on Jackson by arguing he had given himself the lethal dose of the drug to help with his insomnia.
It took the jury two days to find Murray guilty on November 7th and three weeks later, the trial judge sentenced the fifty-eight-year-old doctor to serve four years in jail on November 29th. The judge also criticized Murray and said about his dealings with Jackson that he created a “cycle of horrible medicine.”