Attorney Denies Michael Jackson’s Doctor Is on Suicide Watch

Nov 15, 2011 4:18pm

 

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Conrad Murray during his involuntary manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles in this Sept. 29, 2011 file photo. (Photo credit: Al Seib/AP Photo)

An attorney for Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, is vehemently denying reports that Murray is on suicide watch at the Los Angeles County Jail.

“Dr. Conrad Murray is distressed for being in jail and for losing his dear friend Michael Jackson, but he would never commit suicide,” Murray’s defense attorney Nareg Gourjian said in a statement. “I have been visiting him almost every day and, under the circumstances, he’s doing as well as one can while incarcerated. Any statement that he’s going to kill himself is categorically false.”

TMZ was reporting that sources who have visited Murray in jail said that he has been telling people that he no longer has the will to live and has been considering suicide.

The website also reported that Murray is in the medical ward of the jail due to the suicide watch, but a spokesman for the jail would not confirm or deny if Murary was, in fact, in the medical ward.

“A person’s medical or mental health status in the Los Angeles County Jail is protected under the law,” said Steve Whitmore, the spokesman for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

On Nov. 7,  a jury found Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death. In the six- week trial, the prosecution argued that Murray was responsible for a lethal overdose of the anesthetic propofol that killed Jackson.

Judge Michael Pastor denied a request by Murray’s lawyers to allow him to remain free while awaiting sentencing on Nov. 29. Instead, the judge said, “public safety demands that he be remanded” to jail.

Murray is in seclusion as he awaits his sentencing.

“We cannot say anything about [Murray's] medical status for a lot of legal reasons,” Detective Bill McSweeney of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told ABCNews.com. “He’s in seclusion from other inmates and that’s for his own protection.”

“Some people who are being secluded from other inmates are kept in a medical area merely to keep them separate,” McSweeney said. “If he was in a medical area or he wasn’t, it doesn’t indicate he has a medical issue.”

Murray is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 29 and faces up to four years in prison.

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