July 27, 2012 at 12:57 PM ET
Conrad Murray, the doctor found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, has invited Jackson's mother Katherine to visit him in jail.
According to Valerie Wass, a lawyer for Murray who recently spent several hours with the doctor, Murray wants to get the message out to Katherine Jackson that he would welcome the chance to answer any questions she has.
"Although I am not permitted to see the news in jail, there are times when intermittent snippets are seen before a channel change occurs. I recently saw Katherine Jackson in one of those snippets. She appeared to be extremely sad. I also heard she is having a difficult time. I've been told that she has a desire to speak with me before she departs this life," Murray said in a statement obtained by NBC News. "Seeing that she is up in age, and in questionable health, and the fact that she is the mother of a very dear departed friend, it would give me great pleasure to sit with her one to one and answer any questions she might have if it would put her at peace. I would do that truly out of concern for her and altruistic love and concern for others."
Wass said that Murray has had no direct communication with the Jacksons since he began serving out his four-year jail sentence.
Murray is appealing the conviction, a process that has been "slowed down somewhat by procedural hurdles," according to his attorney.
At the time of Murray's sentencing, the Jackson family issued a statement saying, "We're going to be a family. We're going to move forward. We're going to tour, play the music and miss him."
As of this writing, there's been no statement as to whether Katherine Jackson will visit Murray in jail.