Conrad Murray turned over few Jackson medical records to coroner
Ordered to provide Michael Jackson's medical records to the coroner's office, his personal physician handed over a slim file that detailed the pop star's chest colds but contained no information about the surgical anesthetic he was using nightly to sleep, an investigator testified Thursday's.
The witness, Elissa Fleak, told jurors at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial that a subpoena she issued four days after Jackson's death requested all records for his medical care, including psychiatric documents. What she got in return from Murray's lawyers was a small stack of papers that showed sporadic care for Jackson and his children dating back to 2006. The records did not refer to Murray's nightly visits to Jackson's mansion or what he told police was an ongoing battle to wean his patient from dependence on the anesthetic propofol.
"Did any of the records provided pertain to the events surrounding June 25, 2009 [the date of Jackson's death], and the care provided -- let's say -- in April, May, June 2009," asked Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren.
"No," Fleak replied.
The documents displayed briefly on a projection screen in court referred to Jackson by name and by two pseudonyms -- Omar Arnold and Paul Farance -- and included a 2007 heart scan and other test results.
Jurors are expected to hear a recorded police interview in which Murray claimed he hadn't kept records because Jackson was concerned about privacy.
The 58-year-old doctor is charged with involuntary manslaughter. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted.
-- Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren holds a bottle found by Los Angeles County coroner investigator Elissa Fleak, left, during her testimony at Dr. Conrad Murray's trial on Wednesday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool