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Conrad Murray friend stakes out sidewalk to support doctor

October 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

Beatrice Fakrian
As the trial for Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, entered its sixth day Tuesday, one supporter took her usual spot on the sidewalk outside Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Beatrice Fakhrian, a film and television agent, said she is a personal friend of Murray and knows him through the West Angeles Church of God in Christ on Crenshaw and West Jefferson boulevards.

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Fakhrian, who lives in the Fairfax District, has stood outside the courthouse since the start of the trial last week with handheld placards in support of Murray.

“I could not live with myself if I could not give one hour to a friend,” she said. “He’s a brilliant doctor.”

She added that since last week, other people from Houston, San Diego and Arizona have joined the small crew of Murray supporters.

She adamantly defends the doctor’s reputation and said media coverage has been biased against Murray.

“He’s a good man,” she said. “Michael Jackson wanted the best. He could afford the best. And he got the best.”


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-- Ricardo Lopez at L.A. County Superior Court

Photo: Beatrice Fakrian, left, has stood outside the courthouse every day since the start of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial. Credit: Ricardo Lopez / Los Angeles Times