Conrad Murray reunites with son after serving two years in jail for death of Michael Jackson… but only after indulging in a burger at In-N-Out
Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray reunited with the youngest of his seven children on Monday just hours after he was quietly freed from jail.
He celebrated his first taste of freedom in two years by taking his son Che Giovanni, whose mother is actress Nicole Alverez, on a mountain hike.
Murray, who was convicted of killing the pop superstar with an overdose of a powerful anaesthetic, first made a stop at an In-N-Out burger restaurant immediately after his release.
He was released at 12:01 a.m. from a jail in downtown Los Angeles after serving about half of his maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
A change in California law allowed his incarceration time to be significantly reduced.
Murray was taken from the jail a back way, eluding a cluster of TV crews and a few Jackson fans. Sheriff’s officials arranged the quiet exit and drove him away for safety reasons, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
Can’t wait: Murray eagerly reached out his car to take the burgers at a drive-thru of the iconic fast food joint
First taste of freedom: Murray was seen indulging in an In-N-Out burger prior to meeting with his son
He made his way straight to iconic fast food joint In-N-Out to indulge in a burger for his first meal out of prison.
Murray was seen eagerly reaching for the food from the backseat of a car at a drive-thru. He order the California chain’s popular ‘Double Double’ burger, which consists of two beef patties and two slices of cheese on a bun, as well as an order of french fries.
He was then spotted enjoying his meal with a friend at a table outside the eatery.
‘He was elated to be out of there’ said Valerie Wass, Murray’s attorney, adding that he planned to spend time with his girlfriend Nicole Alvarez and children.
Nicole has stood by him throughout his incarceration which lasted nearly two years.
Murray’s prospects are uncertain: At age 60 his license to practice medicine has been suspended or revoked in three states, and his face and name are well known due to his association with Jackson and his highly publicised trial.
Wass said Murray wants to be a doctor again.
‘I believe that he will practice medicine again someday, somewhere, ‘she said.
Brian Panish, an attorney for the Jackson family, said Murray should not have ‘a chance to hurt anyone else’ by practising medicine.
‘He has shown no remorse and the consequences of his actions will last forever,’ the lawyer said.
The former cardiologist was convicted in 2011 of causing Jackson’s death in June 2009 by providing him with the powerful anaesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.
Jackson was in the midst of preparations for a series of comeback concerts and Murray was serving as his physician.
The former doctor is appealing his conviction, although an appeals court has questioned whether it needs to hear the case.
His attorney has argued that the court should not dismiss the appeal because it could alter Murray’s overall sentence and reduce some of the stigma his conviction has caused.
Despite being jailed, Murray hasn’t been entirely silent.
The ex-doctor told The Today show that he cried tears of joy after a civil jury recently determined that the promoters of Jackson’s comeback shows did not negligently hire Murray.
Pensive mood: Murray looked a little worn and weary after spending just under two years in jail
He did not, however, testify in the civil case or take the stand during his criminal trial.
Wass said Murray did a lot of writing behind bars, but she didn’t know if he had plans for a book or any other projects that would allow him to earn a living.
According to TMZ, he does not yet have a publisher for the book but a deal is on the cards and some have suggested he may even be approached to take part in a reality TV show.
Murray previously maintained clinics in Houston and Las Vegas and frequently complained about conditions in jail after his conviction.
After he was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, the state of Texas revoked Murray’s medical licence citing his felony conviction as the cause.
He was allowed to serve his entire sentence in a Los Angeles jail rather than a state prison due to a law aimed at easing overcrowding by shifting nonviolent offenders to local lockups.
‘Dr. Murray has not received any special treatment in jail and in fact has many less privileges than most inmates because of his notoriety,’ Wass said in a statement earlier this year.
In a lawsuit filed by Jackson’s mother against concert giant AEG Live LLC, jurors determined that Murray was not unfit or incompetent to serve as Jackson’s tour doctor.
The panel did, however, say it did not condone his conduct.
‘That doesn’t mean we felt he was ethical,’ jury foreman Gregg Barden said of Murray after the AEG Live verdict.
Born in Grenada, in February, 1953, where his parents met, Murray moved to Port of Spain, capital of neighbouring Trinidad at the age of seven with his mother Milta after his parents split.
His father, Rawle Murray is also a doctor who practised in Texas, and when Murray arrived in the US, he went to university and medical school in Houston and Nashville, before working as a cardiologist in San Diego.
Before leaving for school, he is known to have fathered one Trinidadian child, and he has since sired a further six, at least, by four women.
Murray married first soon after arriving in America, in October, 1984, to pharmacist Zufan Tesfai. Less than four years later they were divorced.
He was allegedly having an affair with Patricia Mitchell, who bore the first of his American-born children.
In 1989 he moved on to wife number two, Dr Yvette Bolick Murray with whom he had two children and they are somehow still married.
He also had a son, now 13, by Nenita Malibiran, a nurse at a clinic where he worked in San Diego.
Taking the stand: Nicole was a prosecution witness during Murray’s trial