Conrad Murray released from LA county jail this morning

conrad-murray-grab-abc.jpgConrad Murray, the physician who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, was freed from Los Angeles County custody just after midnight. He served about half of his four-year sentence. He stayed in LA lockups rather than go to state prison. The sheriff's department made a terse announcement to confirm his release.

Conrad Murray, 60, was safely released from Los Angeles County Jail on Monday, October 28, 2013, at 12:01 A.M.

He served two years for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop-star Michael Jackson.

There is no further information available.

Written By: Steve Whitmore, Senior Media Advisor

ABC News had a little more information:

Murray, 60, left from the back door of the jail in a police cruiser shortly after midnight local time. Murray's lawyer says he is not being released due to good behavior, but rather credit for time served. Murray was given an additional day of credit for every day he served.

In 2011, Murray was sentenced to four years in jail for involuntary manslaughter after he treated Michael Jackson with the powerful surgical anesthetic drug propyfol.

Even before his release, Murray was already looking to get back into medicine. Lawyers for the former doctor have filed petitions in Texas to have his medical license reinstated.

Texas officially revoked Murray's license in August -- the first state to do so -- following his trial. His medical licenses in California and Nevada have already been suspended following his arrest. According to Murray's attorney Valarie Wass, the California medical board will wait until all appeals have been exhausted before making their decision on revoking his license.

Wass said he is hopeful he will be vindicated on appeal and that he will be able to practice medicine again.

TMZ reports that Murray worked on a book while in jail and is open to some kind of reality TV work to make money.

Unrelated note: "Them," the 1954 sci-fi classic starring Whitmore's father, James Whitmore, about giant ants that take over the Los Angeles storm drains, aired Sunday night on Turner Classic Movies.

File photo of Conrad Murray: Screen grab from ABC News.com

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