The night before his verdict was announced, Dr. Conrad Murray said he was confident and felt relief, said Beatrice Fakhrian, who spoke with the defendant.
Dr. Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson.
The jury delivered its verdict shortly after 1:15 p.m. PT. Officials allowed a two-hour window for Jackson's family and other courtroom observers to assemble at the downtown Los Angeles courthouse.
"Verdict is finally in!!! I'm on my way! I'm shaking uncontrollably!" Jackson sister La Toya Jackson tweeted just minutes after the court announced the jury had reached a verdict.
Jackson's parents arrived at the Criminal Courts Building at about noon. They were cheered by a crowd of Jackson supporters gathered at the entrance.
La Toya Jackson arrived at 12:37 p.m.
Murray entered the building at about 12:55 p.m. PT.
At about 11 a.m. PT, jurors sounded a buzzer in the jury room three times, indicating that they had reached a verdict. The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for one full day Friday and part of the day Monday before reaching a decision in a trial that included 22 days of testimony from nearly 50 witnesses.
Beatrice Fakhrian was outside the courthouse Monday with a sign that read, "Victory for Conrad Murray." She said Murray told her during a church service that he was "confident" and "at peace."
During closing arguments, prosecutors repeated a claim they made throughout the trial -- Murray abandoned his superstar patient and had his own interests in mind when he administered a powerful surgical sedative in Jackson's rented Holmby Hills mansion. Prosecutors called on medical experts, Jackson's staff members and organizers of a series of concerts planned for London in an attempt to prove Murray committed critical errors that led to the death of the King of Pop.
"The evidence in this case is overwhelming," said Deputy District Attorney David Walgren during his closing argument. "It is abundantly clear that Conrad Murray acted with criminal negligence, that Conrad Murray caused the death of Michael Jackson."
Before closing arguments began, Judge Michael Pastor explained what jurors must consider. Prosecutors allege that Murray engaged in a lawful practice by giving propofol to Jackson but acted in a criminally negligent way by using the drug as an insomnia treatment without the presence of proper staff or medical equipment.
The defense argued that Jackson, in a quest for sleep, is to blame for his own death. Murray was not aware that Jackson ingested the drug lorazepam and self-administered propofol, creating a "perfect storm" of drugs in his system, defense attorneys argued. They called on former Murray patients to characterize the doctor as a caring man who was not guided by financial gain.
"Based on what Dr. Murray did, there is no danger to Michael Jackson," attorney Ed Chenoff said during closing arguments, attempting to show that Jackson put himself in danger.
If convicted, Dr. Murray faces up to four years in prison and loss of his medical license.
The judge has discretion to decide the sentence. He will receive recommendations from a probation department report and both attorneys.
It's unlikely that Murray will spend time in state prison becaues of AB109, California's prison realignment bill intended to address prison overcrowding. He would probably do time in county jail, possibly even serving a term of house arrest.