Dr. Conrad Murray, the former personal physician of Michael Jackson, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the King of Pop’s 2009 death.
California jurors delivered their verdict to a stone-faced Murray on Monday after deliberating for 10 hours.
The jury of seven men and five women concluded that the evidence was sufficient beyond any reasonable doubt that Murray caused the sleep-deprived singer’s death.
On the ground, John Smith, 60, followed the trial for 33 days outside. “I never thought he would go on to be this huge,” he said. “Mike was loved for his human rights, charity, and music. Conrad Murray is going to be found guilty.”
Kimberly Binion stood outside the courthouse holding a photo of herself and Michael Jackson from when they were both teens. She has been following the trial since it began and this is her first day outside to hear the verdict. “I think that Conrad Murray should get second-degree murder. Manslaughter is not enough,” she told HuffPost.
The judge has ordered jurors’ personal information sealed.
Before the verdict was read, crowds outside the courthouse were chanting “Guilty, guilty, guilty,” and “This is it, this is it” — not only signaling the resolution of a lengthy investigation, but recalling the name of the tour Jackson was working on at the time of his death.
Murray has been remanded without bail and scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 29.
After the verdict was read, Julia Thomas, 39, burst into tears outside. She has been coming to courthouse for two years and has held protests outside Murray’s apartment. “I’m just overwhelmed. He was a great soul and a great humanitarian. Now there is justice for his children, family, and for him,” she said of Jackson.
Jamie Khawaja, also standing outside the courtyard, told HuffPost of feeling “an overwhelming feeling of jubilation and excitement. Conrad Murray has set an example for other doctors who are treating celebrities. He did not get away with it and now nobody else will either.”
Murray faces a sentence ranging from probation to four years in prison, according to the Associated Press.