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Conrad Murray released

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  • Freed nearly two years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson
  • He was released as part of good behavior credit
Conrad Murray released

What's next for Conrad Murray?

What's next for Conrad Murray?

Have Jackson brothers forgiven Conrad Murray?

Have Jackson brothers forgiven Conrad Murray?

Dr. Conrad Murray is a free man once again, nearly two years after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson.

He was released from custody at 12:01 a.m. PT, according to Deputy Kim Manatt with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters.

Murray was sentenced to four years at the Los Angeles County Jail on November 29, 2011, three weeks after a jury found him guilty in Jackson's death. However, Murray was released as part of good behavior credit.  

Murray was a model prisoner, according to Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Spokesman Steve Whitmore. "He was exemplary," Whitmore said.

Jackson was found dead at his Holmby Hills, California, home on June 25, 2009. Two days after Jackson's death, Murray told authorities he gave the pop singer the anesthetic propofol, along with other sedatives, to help him sleep. The autopsy report lists Jackson's cause of death as acute propofol intoxication.

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During Murray's stint in jail, the Jackson family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, claiming the concert promoter was negligent in Murray's hiring. A jury ruled AEG Live was responsible for hiring Murray, but found the company took reasonable care in hiring Murray because he was competent to practice medicines and should not be held liable for Jackson's death.

Murray, who has maintained his innocence, said he felt "vindicated" by the jury's verdict. He is currently in the process of appealing his conviction, arguing Jackson was responsible for his own overdose and there was an obstruction of justice during the trial.

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Murray's licenses to practice medicine were suspended in Texas and California. The Nevada State Medical Board lists Murray's license as "Suspended NP-Active-Restricted."

Murray told CNN's Anderson Cooper in April he wants to "continue to contribute to humanity and this world in a very significant way." He also attempted to describe himself to Cooper by singing his version of a Nat King Cole song, "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot."

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Murray could also face legal action from the Jackson family for damages for his role in Jackson's death. If the Jackson family is successful in suing Murray, he may have to turn over income if he ever practices medicine again or proceeds from any potential book deals.

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