HOUSTON Patients and supporters of Conrad Murray in Houston were in disbelief Monday after the doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
Somebody who was against him made a mistake, said former patient Elease Lewis. They didn t judge him correctly.
Lewis credits Murray for keeping her heart healthy at his clinic in Houston s Acres Homes area. That was the same clinic raided after authorities started investigating him for the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.
Murray s former pastor and patient, Reverend Floyd Williams, doesn t believe anyone in the courtroom won on Monday.
This is not a victory for the prosecutors, Williams said. This is a victory for the news media.
Williams said Murray savedhis life by operating on his heart a decade ago. He suggested that race played a role in Murray's conviction.
If Dr. Murray had been white, what do you think the verdict would be? he asked reporters Monday minutes after the verdict at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Acres Homes.
Ruby Mosley, another patient, even went to testify during the trial.
Back from L.A., she still supports her favorite doctor.
Our arms are open and our prayers have already gone up, said Mosley. We re still praying for Conrad Murray.
The trial painted Murray as a reckless caregiver who administered a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic that killed the pop star.
Murray sat stone-faced during the verdict and was handcuffed and taken into custody without bail until sentencing on Nov. 29. He appeared calm as officials led him out of the courtroom.
Dr. Murray s reckless conduct in this case poses a demonstrable risk to the safety of the public if he remains free on bond, Judge Michael E. Pastor said.
District Attorney Steve Cooley said it will be difficult to achieve an appropriate sentence for Murray because of a new state prison alignment law that allows early release for people convicted of nonviolent felonies.
It was unclear whether the jury determined that Murray had administered the fatal dose of propofol while deciding he was responsible for the death of Jackson.
His former patients are wondering whether Murray will ever be able to practice medicine in Texas again. KHOU 11 News LegalAnalyst Gerald Treece said that question could take years to answer.
I anticipate his lawyers in Texas will appeal to our medical licensing agencies saying 'Don't do anything to(Murray) until all the appeals in California are exhausted,' Treece said.