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Conrad Murray placed on suicide watch

2011-11-08 13:57
Los Angeles - Dr Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of killing Michael Jackson, has been placed on suicide watch at the Los Angeles County jail.

The physician was remanded in custody on Monday after being found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. 

According to the Los Angeles Times newspaper, an unnamed law enforcement official said that staff were told to ensure Murray does not try to take his own life at Los Angeles County Jail.

In addition, Murray has been deemed a "keep away inmate", meaning jail officials will take special precautions to keep him safe, including giving him a single cell for his own protection.

Public safety states he will also be assigned an "escort" to accompany him wherever he goes – including to the shower – and he will not be allowed to mingle with other inmates.

Murray – who lost his medical license as a result of the court ruling – will be sentenced on November 29 and faces a maximum of four years in prison.

Superior Court judge Michael Pastor cited "public safety" as the reason why he has been detained until his next court appearance.

He explained: "Public safety demands that he is remanded. With no bail in the interim he is to be kept in the care and custody of the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Office."
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