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Conrad Murray trial: Paramedics expected to describe chaos, evasion

September 30, 2011 |  6:55 am

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Prosecutors in the trial of Michael Jackson's doctor are expected to call to the stand Friday paramedics who have testified that they arrived at the singer's Holmby Hills mansion to find Jackson lifeless and his doctor evasive about what had happened to his patient.

The paramedics responded to the home after the chaotic moments described by Jackson's security personnel. They said Dr. Conrad Murray performed inadequate CPR and gathered medical evidence before ordering them to call 911.

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At a hearing earlier this year, veteran paramedic Richard Senneff testified that by the time he arrived, Jackson looked like "a hospice patient" and appeared to have been dead for at least 20 minutes.

His pupils were dilated, his skin cold and eyes dry, Senneff recalled.

Murray, however, insisted that Jackson had just lost consciousness and had no medical problems other than dehydration, the paramedic said.

The doctor also said Jackson wasn't taking any medication and, when pressed, said he gave Jackson only lorazepam to sleep, Senneff testified, saying the doctor never mentioned the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol, which he had been giving the singer nightly for two months.

The drug, which is not supposed to be administered outside a hospital setting, was ultimately ruled to be the cause of Jackson's overdose death.

"It just didn't add up," Senneff said at the hearing.

Also expected to take the stand is paramedic Martin Blount, who earlier testified he found it strange when Murray insisted Jackson wasn't on medication, although Blount saw a hypodermic needle and three bottles of lidocaine in the room.

Blount testified that Murray put the bottles in a bag before they left for the hospital.

"Did you ever see those bottles again," a prosecutor asked.

"No sir," he replied.


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Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray in court Thursday. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times