Michael Jackson fans to Conrad Murray: ‘Beat it’
Michael Jackson's music blared outside the Los Angeles County courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on Monday afternoon as the guilty verdict was read in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
His fans sang "Beat it" and danced to the beat. And moments after the verdict was read, a Michael Jackson impersonator drove by in a black Volkswagon Beetle with "Billie Jean" playing loudly on his car stereo.
Jackson's family left with little comment. La Toya Jackson stopped and waved, thanking the crowd as she held a bouquet of roses before getting into a Rolls Royce. Jermaine got in a black Cadillac; Joe and Katherine left in a Mercedes sedan. They made no comments.
Candace Juleff, 42, ripped off her T-shirt -- bedazzled with the image of Michael Jackson -- and started waving it around, screaming: "Yes! Yes! Justice for Michael! Justice for Michael!"
"Nothing will bring him back, but at least someone will pay for his death," Juleff said.
She grabbed Annabel Garcia, 37, in an embrace and started sobbing.
"It's a big comfort knowing someone is going to pay for leaving those children without a father," Garcia said.
The fans also took the time to remember Jackson. Juleff called him "magical."
Kiki Stafford, 47, of Tarzana said she believed Jackson was "harshly judged" and "greatly misunderstood."
"He was so alive and did so much for this world and it's hard to let go," Stafford said. " He was a gift and some days I feel we didn't deserve him."
[Corrected at 4:30 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly spelled Candace Juleff's name as Juless.]
-- Rick Rojas
Photo: Michael Jackson fans gather to hear the verdict in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. At center, holding the "He's Bad" sign, is Jake Byrd from TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press