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Dr. Conrad Murray

Jailmates with Michael Jackson's

Ex Brother-in-Law

2/6/2012 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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There are nearly 4,000 inmates at L.A. County Men's Jail, so imagine the coincidence that Dr. Conrad Murray is in a cell just feet away from Michael Jackson's former brother-in-law.

James DeBarge -- Janet Jackson's ex-husband -- is locked up after being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and drug charges. DeBarge -- who was the lead singer of the wildly popular band, DeBarge -- has been placed in Administrative Segregation -- the place where famous inmates with security issues are housed.

Murray has been calling the Ad Segregation unit home since his conviction on manslaughter charges last November.

We're told they occasionally run into each other, most recently last Monday when they were each meeting with their respective lawyers in the visiting room.

DeBarge's lawyer, Spencer Vodnoy, tells TMZ ... the singer is "really upset" he's so close to Murray. DeBarge says even though he was married to Janet for less than a year back in '84, he thought of Michael as a brother.

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ShayneTx    

The band is actually called "Debarge," not El Debarge. "El Debarge" is the name of the lead singer. Come on TMZ, get it together. Wikipedia is just a click away.

803 days ago
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gylgamesh5    

El DeBarge was the lead singer of the and "DeBarge". James was the younger brother who joined a year after DeBarge debuted.

803 days ago
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DROG    

INACCURATE REPORT...JAMES DEBARGE WAS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP DEBARGE!!!!!
El Debarge is his brother. Do some fact checking people before reporting or just ask some black folks!

803 days ago
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coco    

wasnt the lead, El Debarge was and the band was simply called DeBarge..no one probably cares..but hey if you're going to report it.. get it right.

803 days ago
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debbie    

First of all, the band was simply called "Debarge", El Debarge was the lead singer. James was only a member of the band. If you are going to report this story, at least get the facts correct.......................

803 days ago
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mj fan forever    

Murderer is not famous, he is no one, he is just a disgusting greedy murderer, he got media attention because of Michael Jackson!!!! Oh and murderer has security issues because that sociopath mentally disturbed sex-obsessed pig could very well escape if not properly supervised!!!! No one is worse than that disgusting murderer!!! Murderer does deserve to rot in jail before rotting in hell!!!!!

803 days ago
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sofi    

Why is this so important?

803 days ago
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CT    

Why doesn't this site employ comment spam filters?

803 days ago
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Kaila    

The band is called "Debarge", El was the lead singer. Get your facts straight TMZ! Also, I feel sorry for James being stuck in there with him..

803 days ago
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Greygoose125    

James DeBarge was not the lead singer of the family singing group: DEBARGE. Eldra (El) Debarge was the groups lead singer. It's not difficult to find out this information it you really wanted to.

803 days ago
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awards    

Maybe they could do rockabilly gospel duets? They look like they could be a loving couple?

803 days ago
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creepulkins    

Wow...lead singer of the group 'El DeBarge'?

Journalism 101....get the facts first.

803 days ago
15.

T    

When did James get arrested again? I thought he was finally clean. Sad....

And TMZ, y'all need to fix the factual errors in this story. It's "Debarge" and El DeBarge was the lead singer.

803 days ago
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