Jackson doctor lied about drug orders, pharmacist testifies
Tim Lopez told jurors that Dr. Conrad Murray said the powerful surgical anesthetic was intended for a number of patients at a clinic he ran in Los Angeles. In fact, Murray didn't have a clinic in L.A. and was treating a single patient: the pop star.
Murray contacted Lopez's specialty pharmacy, Applied Pharmacy Services, about the drug in April 2009, he testified.
"He asked me specifically to find pricing and availability of propofol and normal saline IV bags," Lopez said.
Lopez had never sold the drug before but called suppliers and sent an initial order of 35 vials to Murray's Las Vegas practice three days later. He said the doctor removed some of the vials from the package, and then requested the rest be shipped to his clinic in L.A. The address he provided was actually that of the apartment he shared with his mistress and newborn son.
Lopez said three weeks later, Murray asked for 65 more vials.
When he resumes the witness stand Tuesday afternoon, Lopez is expected to detail five more shipments, including one nine days before the singer died.
Jackson stopped breathing in his Holmby Hills mansion June 25, 2011. Lethal amounts of propofol were found in his system. Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
-- Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Pharmacist Tim Lopez testifies in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool photo