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Conrad Murray Pending Release

Conrad Murray Pending Release
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Dr. Conrad Murray is supposed to walk out of jail  doors somewhere in Los Angeles County by the end of Monday, but sheriff's  officials said today they will not disclose where or when.

Steve Whitmore, spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, and  the department's commanders would not disclose where the release will occur or  when. Whitmore also refused to even confirm that Michael Jackson's last  physician will be released from the county's huge jail system.

``I will not be commenting about Conrad Murray," Whitmore told City News  Service today.

Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for Jackson's June 25,  2009, death at age 50.

The former physician from Houston, and later Las Vegas, is to be  released from jail after serving two years of a four-year sentence for  administering a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to Jackson at the singer's rented Holmby Hills estate. The singer was in the Southland rehearsing  for his never-realized ``This Is It'' concert series at London's O2 Arena.

The coroner's office determined that Jackson died of acute propofol  intoxication.

Murray has insisted that he did nothing wrong in his treatment of the  singer, with his attorneys arguing during his trial that Jackson himself likely  administered the fatal dose when the doctor was out of the room. But  prosecutors said propofol should only be administered in a hospital setting  with proper monitoring equipment.

Jackson referred to the white-colored propofol as his ``milk,'' and used  it to combat insomnia.

Murray, now 60, was sentenced in November 2011 to four years behind  bars. He is serving his time at the Men's Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.


The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department announced earlier this year
  that Murray's projected release date was Oct. 28. He will be released after  serving roughly two years of a four-year sentence as a result of standard good- behavior credits. News of his pending release prompted some angry comments from Jackson's family.

Murray's treatment of Jackson was the central focus of the recent trial  of a lawsuit filed against ``This Is It'' concert promoter AEG Live by the  singer's mother, Katherine. After hearing months of testimony, a jury decided  not to award the Jackson family any damages, finding that while AEG Live hired  Murray, the doctor was fully competent to act as Jackson's personal physician.

Some jurors said they believed Murray acted unethically by administering  the propofol to Jackson, but AEG Live could not be held liable for those acts.

After the verdict in the civil case, Murray told the ``Today'' show in  an interview from jail that he was ``relieved'' by the jury's decision.

``I cried because, for once, the world was allowed to hear some of the  facts as they pertain to this matter -- a lot of facts that have been  suppressed, much of which I was denied and my attorneys could not present  during my criminal trial,'' Murray said.

Asked about his plans after his release, Murray said, ``I will restart  my life and, God willing, I will be a model to show the world that despite  adversity, and when bad things happen to good people, they can restart their  life and succeed.''

Murray's medical license has been suspended, but his appellate attorney,  Valerie Wass, has said he hopes to regain his license and resume treating  patients.
 

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