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Conrad Murray talking, texting before Jackson’s cardiac arrest

October 3, 2011 | 12:28 pm

Dr. Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray was talking on the phone and texting in the hours and minutes leading up to Michael Jackson's cardiac arrest, according to phone records introduced Monday at the doctor's manslaughter trial.

The records presented by prosecutors indicate that two cellphones registered to Murray were in frequent use during a period he was supposed to be tending to the singer. In the hour before Murray discovered Jackson in bed, records show calls totaling 46 minutes, including a half-hour conversation with his office and a social call to a Houston waitress.

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That woman testified at a January hearing that Murray abruptly stopped responding to her during the call and that she heard sounds of a disturbance in the background.

Jurors also heard from a second emergency room doctor, Thao Nguyen, who said she tried to get information from Murray as she worked to revive him. Nguyen, a cardiologist, said Murray never mentioned propofol, the anesthetic blamed for Jackson's death, and said he had just administered a sedative to the pop star. She testified that when she pressed him for the time he had given the drug, he said he didn't know.

"He said he did not have a watch," Nguyen said.

Murray, 58, faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted. He maintains that Jackson self-administered the fatal dose of the anesthetic.


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Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray listens to testimony while seated near his attorney, Nareg Gourjian, on Monday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters