Conrad Murray

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So True So False, STSF

Being declared responsible for the death of the world's greatest pop superstar can weigh on a person.

But are reports really true that after Monday's guilty verdict in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, authorities placed the physician turned convicted felon on suicide watch while he awaits sentencing in the case?

E! News did some checking and found the rumors are...

So false!

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore tells E! that Murray is behind held in the medical ward of the L.A. County Men's Central Jail, but not because jail officials believe he's a risk to his own life or suffers from any medical issues.

Rather, it's because he's high-profile prisoner and the area has more guards to "monitor" him round the clock to make sure he's protected while he's being processed. But the spokesman stresses Murray is not on suicide watch.

That stance would appear to contradict a story in yesterday's Los Angeles Times which quoted another police official as saying the disgraced cardiologist was, in fact, being monitored 24/7 for that very concern after being taken into custody following his conviction on involuntary manslaughter.

"[Murray is] doing fine, he's been lucid, helpful and a model inmate," Whitmore said, adding that while his booking sheet currently prohibits visitation, he'll be able to have visitors within the next 48 hours.

Murray faces up to four years behind bars when he's sentenced on Nov. 29.

—Reporting by Baker Machado

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