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Michael Jackson ER doctor back on stand in Conrad Murray trial

October 3, 2011 |  7:50 am

Conrad Murray Sept 29 2011

An emergency room doctor who treated Michael Jackson before he was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center will resume testifying Monday in the trial of the singer's personal physician.

Dr. Richelle Cooper told jurors last Friday that Dr. Conrad Murray never revealed that he had given the pop singer the surgical anesthetic propofol.

Instead, Murray told Cooper the singer went into cardiac arrest after receiving only two small doses of the sedative lorazepam, the emergency room doctor testified Friday.

“He said he witnessed the arrest?” Los Angeles County Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren asked.

“Yes,” Cooper said.

A paramedic testified earlier that Jackson seemed to have been dead for at least 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived.

Cooper said Murray claimed Jackson had been dehydrated after strenuous concert rehearsals and did not disclose that the singer had been dependent on propofol to sleep for two months.

When she returns to the witness stand Monday, Cooper is expected to detail the extensive but futile efforts she and other doctors at Reagan UCLA Medical Center made to revive Jackson.

Murray, 58, has said through his lawyers that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.


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Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray listens to testimony during his involuntary manslaughter trial. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times