Dr. Conrad Murray

I'm Weathering the Storm

With Friends & Family

11/4/2011 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1_bj0iitky_1_lm4fmmuhMisery loves company -- Dr. Conrad Murray says he won't be spending what could be his final days of freedom alone.

While the jury deliberates the doc was spotted walking in Santa Monica ...and claimed he'll be hunkering down with "friends and family, and my children."

As TMZ first reported, Murray is "optimistic" the jury will acquit -- but, he claims, he ultimately has "no idea" how they'll swing.