RELIEVED: Michael Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine, arrive at the LA court room yesterday (Nov 7)
THE MOTHER of Michael Jackson says she "feels better" after the singer's personal doctor was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Katherine Jackson, who was present in the Los Angeles court room when a jury announced that Dr Conrad Robert Murray was responsible for her son's death, looked visibly relived when the verdict was read out last night (Nov 7).
Her sentiments were echoed by the star's older sister La Toya, who said: "Justice was served. Michael was looking over us."
After almost six weeks, 49 witnesses and two days of deliberations, the 12-person-jury, which consisted of seven men and five women, ruled that Murray had displayed “unintended reckless or criminal negligence,” which contributed to the star's death on June 25, 2009.
GUILTY: Dr Conrad Murray, left, was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter or Michael Jackson, right
Murray, who will be sentenced on November 29, barely flinched when the guilty verdict was read out and sat stone-faced when a judge announced he would remanded in custody until then.
The crowd outside the court room, made up largely of Jackson fans, erupted into cheers when the guilty verdict was announced.
Prosecutors had argued that Murray, who did not testify during the trial, recklessly abandoned 50-year-old Jackson while he was under the influence of propofol and other sedatives on the day of his death.
Murray had pleaded not guilty to one count of involuntary manslaughter, although he told police he had given Jackson the powerful anesthetic.
The defense attorney for the cardiologist, however, countered the argument saying that the world famous performer was a drug addict and self-administered the fatal dose of the drug.
Murray who could face up to four years in prison, may also lose his medical license in California, but speaking after the verdict, District Attorney Steve Cooley said it was unlikely he'd face such a long stretch.
"It will be very difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence of incarceration for Conrad Murray," Cooley said.