Cocktail waitress on phone with Conrad Murray as Jackson dying
A Houston cocktail waitress and girlfriend of Dr. Conrad Murray's told jurors Tuesday about the phone call during which prosecutors say the physician first realized Michael Jackson had stopped breathing.
Sade Anding, who was working as a waitress at a Houston steakhouse and bar when she met Murray, testified that she got a call from the physician at 11:51 a.m. on the morning of Jackson's death. About five to six minutes into the call, Murray disappeared from the other end of the line, she recalled.
"I started telling him about my day, and that's when I realized he was no longer on the phone," Anding said. "I was just talking, and the next thing, I said 'Hello hello,' and then I didn't hear anything."
A second woman, Michelle Bella, testified that she received a text message from the doctor the morning of June 25, 2009. Deputy Dist. Atty. Deborah Brazil tried to ask Bella about a voicemail the woman received from Murray on June 16, in which the doctor mentioned going on tour with Jackson, but she was barred by the judge.
An employee who worked for Murray also briefly took the stand Tuesday to testify about calls she exchanged with the doctor in the final hours of Jackson's life.
During cross-examination by Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, Stacey Ruggles talked of a practice the doctor set up in Houston for the poor. The office was bringing in a "very minimal amount of income," she said.
"Most of them were indigent, on fixed incomes, and were unable to afford a physician," Ruggles said.
-- Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Cocktail waitress Sade Anding testifies Tuesday in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool photo.