Dr. Conrad Murray may regret taking part in a recent documentary on Michael Jackson’s death and the resulting trial. Footage from the show (much of it not very flattering to Murray) may be used at his sentencing hearing on November 29.
Conrad Murray, now a convicted felon, did a Today Show interview before he was found guilty of killing Jackson on June 25, 2009.
In the interview, Murray is anything but remorseful. He maintained his innocence throughout the trial, but he goes even further in the interview, saying,
“I don’t feel guilty, because I did not do anything wrong,” although he says he is sorry for Michael Jackson’s loss as he considered him a personal friend.
Murray’s interview with Guthrie, and a British reporter, as well as the documentary which aired in the U.S. on MSNBC last Friday, could be played by the District Attorney at the sentencing hearing. That is completely legal.
The showing of the TV programs at the sentencing hearing could be very interesting as Murray told the investigating officers a wildly different series of events that took place to those he revealed during what was aired on TV.
Judge Pastor could sentence Murray to up to four years in state prison for the charges on which he has been convicted. His apparent inability to tell the truth, on a consistent basis, which is highlighted by these shows, might push the sentence to the max.
As we previously reported, the executors of Jackson’s estate, John Branca and John McClain, heavily criticized NBC for airing the documentary. Now they may be a whole lot happier. Far from glorifying the doctor, the shows painted a very negative picture of Conrad Murray.
The documentary also highlighted the arguments between Murray’s lawyers, Ed Chernoff and Michael Flanagan. During one shocking scene of the documentary, Flanagan says, “F— you,” to Chernoff during an argument over the defense strategy. Murray criticized Flanagan by saying,
“I take offense when my damn attorney is not prepared for that man,” referring to prosecution witness Dr. Alon Steinberg.
Anger and self-pity. No remorse. It could be significant for the judge in the Conrad Murray sentencing.