Conrad Murray guilty: Defense is silent after verdict
Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray left the courthouse after the guilty verdict was read Monday afternoon without holding a press conference or answering any questions.
Outside, the handful of Murray supporters also quickly disappeared. Only a sign on the ground was left: "Judge not Dr. Murray, he is innocent."
One of Murray's former patients, Donna DiGiacoma, sobbed after the verdict.
She told the Associated Press that she thought there was "overwhelming pressure to convict" her friend.
"This man didn't deserve this," she said. "They needed a scapegoat."
Before the verdict was read, Murray's friend Beatrice Sakhrian said she thought Murray had "weathered the storm."
"He loved Michael Jackson and Michael Jackson loved him," she said. "I've said from the beginning he was an innocent man."
Murray was handcuffed and remanded into custody after the verdict was read.
--Ruben Vives and Rick Rojas at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: A Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy remands Dr. Conrad Murray, seated next to defense attorney Ed Chernoff, into custody after the jury returned with a guilty verdict in his involuntary manslaughter trial. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times