The LAPD couldn't be happier with today's guilty verdict in the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial -- telling TMZ, the verdict represents a "victory " in the eyes of law enforcement.
A rep for the LAPD issued the statement -- claiming, the department "applauded" the jury's verdict.
According to the rep, "Today's verdict of guilty is confirmation that the combined efforts of our investigators, criminalists, Coroner investigators and the District Attorney's Office were sound."
The rep adds, "The investigators have worked diligently on this case and were confident throughout the process that the investigation supported the allegation of involuntary manslaughter."
Dr. Conrad Murray
HANDCUFFED IN COURT
11/7/2011 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray was just handcuffed in court ... after the judge remanded him into custody.
Murray is being held without bail until his sentencing on November 29th.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the doc will get his own cell in L.A. County jail -- as well as an escort whenever they decide to move him.
La Toya Jackson
11/7/2011 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Moments after a jury pronounced Dr. Conrad Murray guilty, La Toya Jackson took to the streets outside the L.A. County Courthouse to celebrate.
Dr. Conrad Murray Verdict
11/7/2011 2:11 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray has been found GUILTY of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
After the verdict was read, you can hear La Toya Jackson and Kathy Hilton cry.
Jurors came back with the verdict moments ago after a grueling 6-week trial, finding prosecutors proved beyond a reasonable doubt ... Dr. Murray is responsible for MJ's death.
Murray faces up to 4 years behind bars, but the reality is ... he will not go to state prison because of a new law, and will likely serve his time in L.A. County Jail.
Murray is scheduled for sentencing on November 29th.
Reactions To Murray Verdict
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Conrad Murray Prosecution
What's Wrong with This Picture?
11/7/2011 2:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The man of the hour -- Prosecutor David Walgren -- who won the Conrad Murray case, might as well have been sent to Siberia by his boss, L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley, because he was completely out of the shot as Cooley took credit for the victory.
It's pretty stunning, given that the winning prosecutor typically addresses the media after a verdict, but even if the D.A. was exercising caution while the sentence is pending, Cooley didn't even allow Walgren to stand next to him.
Instead of Walgren, Cooley was flanked by his number 2, Jackie Lacey, and D.A. honcho Pat Dixon. Choosing Lacey is an audacious move on Cooley's part, since he personally chose her to run as his successor in the 2012 election.
A D.A. spokesperson said Lacey was standing next to Cooley because, "It's like Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock."
Conrad Murray's Lawyer
I'm 'Very Disappointed'
We WILL Appeal
11/7/2011 1:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
On His Way to Court
11/7/2011 12:38 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray just left for court looking dapper ... 20 minutes before the jury is scheduled to read their verdict.
Conrad Murray Trial
11/7/2011 11:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine and Joe Jackson just arrived at the L.A. County courthouse -- moments after the jury announced they have reached a verdict in the Conrad Murray trial.
Joe had one word for reporters on his way in -- "Justice."
La Toya Jackson just arrived -- tweeting, "I'm shaking uncontrollably!" -- along with the Hiltons, Rick and Kathy.
Randy Jackson has also arrived.
UPDATE: Everyone is in the courtroom -- the Jackson family, Conrad Murray, the defense, the prosecution ... it's just a matter of minutes now.
Hightailing It to Court,
Kids Staying Home
11/7/2011 11:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Jackson's parents -- along with La Toya, Jermaine and Randy -- are currently scrambling to get to the L.A. County Courthouse after they were notified the jury had reached a verdict in the Conrad Murray manslaughter case.
The entire crew is traveling from Calabasas, which -- if traffic is good -- can take somewhere between 45 mins to an hour.
We're told the family is "anxious."
MJ's kids are staying at home with other family members. We're told they were instructed NOT to watch the verdict live -- so Katherine could break the news herself when she got home.
Katherine & Joe Jackson
We're Shackin' Up
Near the Courthouse
11/4/2011 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Katherine and Joe Jackson are currently on their way to a hotel near the L.A. County Superior courthouse ... so when the jury finally reaches a verdict, they're right near the action.
Katherine and Joe live in Calabasas -- with traffic, it could take over two hours to get to the courthouse ... and we're told, they just didn't want to chance missing a beat.
According to sources, they plan to check in and stay for as long as it takes the jury to come to a decision.
It's unclear if other members of the Jackson family also plan to crash nearby the courthouse.
Dr. Conrad Murray
I'm Weathering the Storm
With Friends & Family
11/4/2011 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Misery 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.
Don't Worry ...
11/4/2011 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dr. Conrad Murray is "optimistic" about his chances for acquittal ... this according to people close to the doc.
Murray spent last night at home, with his baby mama Nicole Alvarez and their child. Murray says he has faith the jury will not come to the conclusion he caused Michael Jackson's death.
Murray has been the poster child for projecting innocence during a criminal trial, frequently seen strolling in Santa Monica and appearing carefree. Two nights ago, he went to a popular Malibu restaurant with some of his patients.
Dr. Murray Trial
'Poor Conrad Murray ...'
11/3/2011 3:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Prosecutor David Walgren is attacking with sarcasm in his closing statement rebuttal ... telling the jury, "Poor Conrad Murray ... everyone is just working against him."
Walgren says Dr. Murray's treatment of Michael Jackson was littered with, "bizarre, unethical, unconscionable behavior" ... adding, "That is why we are here."
Walgren says the defense team is blaming EVERYONE but the doc -- mocking the defense for suggesting a "conspiracy" against the doctor.
"Everyone's to blame but Conrad Murray ... poor Conrad Murray."