Skip navigation
Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism University of Southern California
Southern California

Conrad Murray Under Close Watch at Jail, Sheriffs Say

Conrad Murray is not on suicide watch, contrary to a Los Angeles Times report stating otherwise.

Conrad Murray is handcuffed after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday.
Conrad Murray is handcuffed after he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday.
Conrad Murray is adjusting to his new life in prison but contrary to a Los Angeles Times report, suicide watch is not included in his new lifestyle. 

A law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity told the Los Angeles Times that Murray was placed on suicide watch not long after he was taken into custody. But ATVN confirmed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office that this was just a rumor.

Murray is being housed in a medical section of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility and is being kept away from the general population for his own safety, according to the Sheriff's department.

He spent his first night in jail Monday after a jury convicted him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Judge Michael E. Pastor directed that he be placed behind bars while awaiting his Nov. 29 sentencing.

"This was a crime in which the end result was the death of a human being," Judge Pastor said Monday. "Public safety demands that he be remanded."

Murray faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and loss of his medical license. But he could walk free in a matter of months even if Judge Pastor gives him the maximum sentence.

According to a new California state law aimed at decreasing prison over-crowding, judges can send non-violent felons to L.A. County jails rather than state prisons. If this is the case, Murray may be eligible to serve some of his time monitored under house arrest.

Members of the Jackson family took to Twitter to react to the verdict.  Janet Jackson tweeted, "Justice was good today."  La Toya Jackson, after the verdict had been read, simply tweeted, "VICTORY!!!!!!"




Conrad Murray Found Guilty

Pandemonium Outside the Court House

Murray's Fate in Hands of Jury

Leave a comment

We've Moved!

By Sam Bergum
01/21/16 | 11:09 a.m. PST

Visit us at!

USC Basketball Knocks Off Rival UCLA 89- 75

By Scott Cook
01/14/16 | 12:05 a.m. PST

USC defeats UCLA with stellar play from their Freshmen. 

Holiday Bowl - USC vs Wisconsin Post-Game Press Conference

Su'a Cravens: "It's the players that need to step up"

Darreus Rogers: "It comes down to the players"

Trojans Fall to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl 23-21

We detected that you might be on a mobile device such as an iPad or iPhone. Sorry, at this time the video box is only visible on desktop computers.