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Conrad Murray lied about drugs, paramedic testifies

September 30, 2011 | 12:02 pm

A paramedic who responded to Michael Jackson's home the day of his death echoed a series of prosecution witnesses in his testimony Friday, describing Dr. Conrad Murray as "frantic" in the moments after the singer had stopped breathing.

Richard Senneff, one of several paramedics who attempted in vain to revive an unresponsive Jackson, testified that Murray told him the singer had no underlying medical condition, and that he had given him only the mild sedative Lorazepam for sleep. The doctor said he was treating Jackson only for dehydration and exhaustion, Senneff recalled.

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At no time did Murray mention propofol, the surgical anesthetic that led to his death.

"Simply, that did not add up for me," Senneff said. The doctor in the house, the IV pole, and the IV connected to Jackson did not match up with what the physician was telling him, he testified.

Senneff said he arrived believing they had a good chance of reviving Jackson, given Murray's representation that the patient had "just" lost consciousness when the 911 call was made. Yet by all indications -- his cold skin, dry eyes and dilated pupils -- Jackson appeared already dead, the paramedic recalled.

Even as paramedics and emergency hospital personnel got ready to declare the star dead, Murray insisted he felt a pulse in Jackson's right thigh, Senneff said.


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-- Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles County Superior Court

Photo: Paramedic Richard Senneff testifies Friday at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial in downtown Los Angeles.   Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times