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Michael Jackson hearing: Dr. Conrad Murray withheld information about powerful drug, prosecutor says [Updated]

Michael Jackson’s personal physician caused the pop singer’s death by abandoning his patient, performing ineffective CPR, failing to call 911 in time, and hiding from paramedics and emergency room doctors that he had given Jackson a powerful anesthetic used in surgery, a prosecutor said Tuesday.

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren made the comments in opening statements for the doctor’s preliminary hearing, which will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial.

Dr. Conrad Murray stands accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with  Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death.

Walgren outlined for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor the time line of events that led up to Jackson’s death. He repeatedly emphasized that Jackson’s final rehearsal at Staples Center had been “energetic” and “fabulous.”

“Michael left the rehearsal very optimistic for the future,” he told the judge.

After the singer returned to his Holmby Hills estate, Walgren said Murray gave Jackson various medications, including benzodiazepines such as lorazepam or Valium, throughout the night.

Sometime between 10:40 and 11 the next morning, Murray gave the singer a dose of propofol, a dangerous anesthetic normally used in surgery. He then made a phone call around 11:51 a.m. and about 10 minutes into the call he appeared to first realize there was something wrong with his patient, the prosecutor said.

Yet rather than calling 911, Murray’s next move was to call Jackson’s security personnel, most of whom weren’t at Jackson’s home, Walgren said.

When a security guard, Alberto Alvarez, walked over from the security trailer parked next to the home, he saw Murray performing CPR with one hand on Jackson on a soft bed, according to the prosecutor. The doctor then instructed Alvarez to help him collect medical paraphernalia and stuff it into a bag, and only then told Alvarez to call 911, he said.

The prosecutor said the physician waited a minimum of nine minutes, and possibly as many as 21 minutes, before the 911 call was made. When paramedics arrived, Murray made no mention of the propofol Jackson was given, Walgren said.

Coroners ruled that Jackson died from acute propofol intoxication. Walgren said prosecutors would call as witnesses medical experts to testify about Murray’s conduct.

“The court will learn that in the opinion of these medical experts, there were a number of actions displayed by Dr. Murray that showed an extreme deviation from standard medical care,” Walgren said.

The producer of Jackson’s planned 2009 tour, Kenneth Ortega, was called as the first witness.

Ed Chernoff, Murray’s defense attorney, declined to make an opening statement. The hearing is expected to last seven to eight days.

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-- Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan

Photo: Michael Jackson's brother Jackie Jackson and mother, Katherine Jackson, arrive for the preliminary hearing of Dr. Conrad Murray at the Criminal Courts Building in downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 4, 2011. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

[For the record, 12:17 p.m.: The caption with an earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Jackie Jackson as Jermaine. ]

 
Comments () | Archives (56)

Murray should spend time in jail for negligence. He was being paid a lot to take care of michael and should have done his job. It doesnt matter whether michael asked for the propofol, Murray was being paid to monitor
michael and should know what to do if something went wrong. He left michael after he injected the drug and doesnt even know how to do CPR.

Michael is the only american living or dead who had touched people from around the world. The world is watching and praying that justice prevail although this case is being tried in the country where michael had been crucified most of his life. We love you more in asia michael...RIP

Jacksons doctor did NOT have to inject anything into Michael Jackson.Just as the woman who injected drugs into a John Beloushi that killed him.This so called doctor needs to be charged with MURDER.

Micheal Jackson needed to sleep heavily for long periods of time, this was one of many ways that he could "recieve" hit songs. It is called "dream spirits". He was a spiritual channeler. The only way to get these song "inspirations" would be by sleeping 3 to 4 days straight. In fact, one time Micheal told someone he needed to get to sleep ASAP because a "spirit" told him if he did not, Prince (artist) would get the "inspiration".

Jackson family = Freak show!

Michael Jackson wanted propofol. Michael Jackson would have eventually found another in debt doctor to administer it. Michael Jackson knew the risk like all junkies do. Michael Jackson was completely irresponsible to subject his children to this hardcore bedtime drug routine. Obviously, Murray was worried about how dependent Mj was on propofol and tried to ween him off. MJ was pale and clammy the day he he went home early from rehearsal. He was having typical withdraw symptoms. What could Murray do? Take MJ to the hospital and admit he was giving him propofol..please. Murray and MJ would have been in trouble . The concerts would have been postponed and Mj NEEDED money. MJ was broke due to his love of boys, breach of contracts and drug use. So after hours of MJ begging for his milk, Murray gave in. Thats life.

MAY EVERYONE WHO IS TO BLAME FOR SUCH A BELOVED MANS DEATH BE PUNISHED TO THE FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW. MICHAEL DESERVES THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS. PLUS BECAUSE OF THESE IRRESPONSIBLE DOCTOR FEELGOODS LIVES ARE AT STAKE IN THE FUTURE. IT'S HIGHTIME WE AS A WORLD STOOD UP AND SAID THIS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED ANYMORE.

 
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