Michael Jackson case: Prosecutors seek to tell jurors about Dr. Conrad Murray's relationships with three women
Prosecutors want jurors at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial to hear details about his relationships with three women he called and texted in the last moments of Michael Jackson’s life.
“[T]he details of these relationships are relevant to show Dr. Murray’s level of inattentiveness and distraction while he was responsible for the care of Mr. Jackson,” Deputy Dist. Attys. David Walgren and Deborah Brazil wrote in papers filed Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The prosecutors said they want to present as evidence a check he wrote a cocktail waitress and a receipt on which he left his phone number for a Las Vegas club dancer.
Showing the doctor’s relationships with the women were personal and social will “impeach” Murray’s statement to police about events leading up to the pop star’s death, in which he never mentioned the phone calls, prosecutors wrote.
Murray’s defense filed papers last week asking the judge to keep out evidence of the doctor’s extramarital affairs and out-of-wedlock children, saying the information was irrelevant and would only be used “to inflame the passions of the jury.”
Prosecutors, however, contended in court papers that the romantic histories between Murray and Sade Anding, Michelle Bella and Bridgette Morgan would show the inadequate standard of care the physician was providing his famous patient.
They also said the women will testify that Murray told them he was caring for Michael Jackson, showing his willingness to breach patient-doctor confidentiality for his own benefit.
The women “had no legitimate interest in the information other than to be impressed by Dr. Murray’s association with Michael Jackson,” prosecutors wrote.
Phone company records presented at a preliminary hearing show Murray made 11 calls in the window of time prosecutors say he should have been paying attention to Jackson.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the involuntary manslaughter charge, for which he faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison.
-- Victoria Kim
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray at Los Angeles Criminal Courts Building on Jan. 25. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times