Conrad Murray mistress to take stand in Jackson death case
Dr. Conrad Murray’s mistress was expected to take the stand Tuesday in the physician’s trial in Michael Jackson’s death, offering jurors a glimpse into what prosecutors allege is a messy personal life that kept the doctor preoccupied when his attention should have been on his patient.
Nicole Alvarez, a Santa Monica actress who is mother to Murray’s toddler son, was one of three women who testified at a hearing earlier this year about their relationships with the married doctor.
A prosecutor asked Alvarez at that hearing about $2,500 Murray gave her monthly for rent, suggesting that his many affairs and extramarital children may have left him desperate for the $150,000 salary he was to receive for Jackson’s care.
Alvarez said she first met Murray in 2005 when she was working at a Las Vegas gentlemen’s club where he was a customer. She said that in the time leading up to Jackson’s death, she knew Murray left her apartment each night to care for the singer.
But Murray never told her the details of the treatments, Alvarez told the judge, saying their relationship was “on a need-to-know basis.”
It was to Alvarez’s apartment that Murray had shipped numerous bottles of the surgical anesthetic propofol from a Las Vegas pharmacy, telling the pharmacist that the drugs were for his clinic.
Also expected to testify Tuesday is a Houston cocktail waitress who was on the phone with Murray when he likely first discovered Jackson had stopped breathing.
That woman, Sade Anding, said earlier this year that Murray abruptly disappeared from the call several minutes after it began around 11:51 a.m. She said she tried calling and texting Murray but was unable to reach him.
“I just remember saying, 'Hello, hello, hello! Are you there? Are you there?’” Anding recounted at the hearing.
In the current trial, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren told jurors of Anding’s call in opening statements: “This is likely the time Conrad Murray first noticed Michael Jackson’s lifeless body.”
A third woman, a dancer at a Las Vegas gentleman’s club for whom Murray left his phone number on a $1,100 receipt, was also in line to be called to testify.
Phone records show Murray texted Michelle Bella at 8:35 a.m. the morning of Jackson’s death.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will likely keep the women’s testimony limited to phone calls and interactions related to the physician’s care of Jackson.
Murray’s attorneys have protested that the prosecutors were parading in the women “just to be prejudicial.”
On Monday, jurors heard from Bridgette Morgan, a woman who dated Murray beginning in 2003.
She briefly testified that Murray told her he was Jackson’s personal physician, and that she called him on the morning the singer died but Murray did not pick up.
-- Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Conrad Murray and his attorneys in court Monday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool