Conrad Murray mistress recounts doctor's routine for Jackson care
In the months leading up to Michael Jackson’s death, his personal physician, Conrad Murray, would each night leave a Santa Monica apartment he shared with his mistress to care for the singer, the mistress told jurors Tuesday.
Nicole Alvarez, an actress and mother to Murray’s toddler son, testified that beginning in April 2009, the doctor -- who was married -- would leave the apartment around 9 p.m. each night as she was putting her then-infant son to bed.
At first, he returned around 6 or 7 the next morning, but that became later and later until he was eventually coming back around 9 a.m. or later, she said.
Alvarez, 29, said she first met Murray in 2005 at a club in Las Vegas.
“I was speechless when I met him,” she recalled.
Alvarez also testified that she received seven FedEx packages at her apartment for Murray -- shipments prosecutors have said included large quantities of the surgical anesthetic that was ruled as the cause of Michael Jackson’s death.
Alvarez said that even though she often picked up the packages or signed for them, she had no idea what they contained, and never asked.
The woman also testified that she received a call from Murray as Jackson was being taken to the hospital around 1 p.m. on the day Jackson died. A paramedic previously testified that Murray was on the phone as Jackson was being transported. The singer was taken at Murray’s insistence after emergency crews wanted to pronounce him dead at his home.
“I remember him telling me that he was on the way to the hospital in the ambulance with Mr. Jackson, and for me not to be alarmed,” Alvarez said.
Over a defense attorney’s objections, L.A. County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor allowed Alvarez to testify about the $2,500 Murray was giving her monthly for rent.
Deputy Dist. Atty. Deborah Brazil asked Alvarez about her earlier testimony that the contract between concert promoter AEG and Murray regarding Jackson’s care was faxed to her apartment and that she saw on that contract that Murray was to be paid $150,000 a month.
Alvarez said she no longer recalled the details but ultimately conceded her earlier statements were probably accurate.
As Alvarez crossed the courtroom after leaving the witness stand, she made eye contact with Jackson’s brother Randy in the spectators' gallery. She nodded at him and he nodded back.
-- Victoria Kim at L.A. County Superior Court
Photo: Nicole Alvarez, an actress and mother to Murray’s toddler son, testified Tuesday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool