Dr. Conrad Murray, who was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson on Monday afternoon, was placed on suicide watch by the Los Angeles County Jail.
According to an anonymous official from the county jail, the physician, who was led away in handcuffs after hearing the decision, will be closely monitored to make sure that he does not try to take his own life.
Murray was placed under the category of a “keep away inmate”, which means he will be on special protection, and will be given the maximum protection from other inmates.
Among the special provisions that will be provided to Murray include his own private cellphone. TMZ even described that guards would escort him around wherever he goes in the prison facility. Due to the high-profile nature of the trial, he has been deemed a figure of great public interest, which might put him in extra danger.
The safety measures are usually standard procedure in such cases, and authorities have not reported Murray making any attempts on his life. Still, after being told he will be sentenced on Nov. 29, facing up to four years in prison and with the possibility that he may lose his medical license, all precautions are being taken to make sure he remains safe.
The physician will have to remain at the county jail at least until his next court appearance, with Judge Michael Pastor citing “public safety” as the reason for his detainment.
With the entire world watching, the verdict reached by the 12-member jury was read on Monday afternoon, which found Murray guilty of criminal negligence that lead to Jackson being given a lethal dose of propofol.
"This is a crime where the end result was the death of a human being. That factor demands rather dramatically that the public should be protected," said Judge Pastor.