Dr. Conrad Murray on Suicide Watch After Guilty Verdict

November 8, 2011 By:
Dr. Conrad Murray on Suicide Watch After Guilty Verdict

Conrad Murray remained emotionless in court on Monday, when the county clerk read aloud his sentence. In fact, I don’t think I've seen Murray's face change at all during this trial. So it's hard to read how he's being affected by being found guilty of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

But according to an anonymous law enforcement source, Murray has been placed on suicide watch. Apparently, the staff at the Los Angeles County Men's jail were instructed to ensure that Murray doesn't take his own life during the first few days of his incarceration.

Murray spent his first night in jail on Monday. After the guilty verdict was read, and Judge Pastor deemed that Murray should be held by officials without bond, the doctor was handcuffed.

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

According to site Gossip Cop, Murray is not being placed on suicide watch, but rather "suicide protection." Which means he'll be assigned an "escort" to accompany him wherever he goes in the jail. That includes the shower. Murray has also been categorized as a "keep away inmate." It basically means exactly what it sounds like it means—he's to be kept away from other inmates for his own protection. He'll also have his own single cell, and will not be allowed to mingle with the other inmates.

Murray will be back in court on November 29th for a sentencing hearing. He faces a maximum of four years in prison. It was originally thought that Murray would just do Lindsay Lohan time—half of that and from home. But Judge Pastor's decision to keep him in custody without bail probably means Murray's getting a stiff sentence. Defense attorney Robert A. Schwartz explained:

“If he is thinking along the lines of giving Murray probation with no time in custody … it’s less likely he would have remanded him into custody.”

Judge Pastor explained that, because of "public safety" Murray had to be detained until his next court appearance.

He explained: "With no bail in the interim he is to be kept in the care and custody of the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Office."

Dr. Murray will also be the focus of a new documentary. He agreed to be filmed in the lead up to his trial and will reportedly reveal personal details about Michael Jackson and his life.

The documentary will be titled, Michael Jackson and The Doctor: A Fatal Friendship. It begn filming in November 2009. According to TMZ, NBC will broadcast the series.