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Michael Jackson Manslaughter Hearing Opens In L.A.

Post by MJfan01' » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:10 pm

Michael Jackson was already dead when his physician summoned help, a prosecutor said Tuesday to open a preliminary hearing that will determine whether the doctor stands trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutor David Walgren said evidence would show that Dr. Conrad Murray also tried to conceal his administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to the pop superstar, ordering a bodyguard to collect items before paramedics were called.

Jackson died in June 2009 and authorities contend Murray gave him a lethal dose of propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion.

"The evidence will show through the expert testimony, by all accounts, Michael Jackson was dead in the bedroom at 100 North Carrolwood prior to the paramedics arriving," Walgren said.

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, declined to give an opening statement.

At the end of the multi-day hearing, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial. The Houston cardiologist has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys have said he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

The highly anticipated hearing opened with a bit of star power. The prosecution's first witness was Kenny Ortega, a choreographer working on Jackson's final concert series and who later directed the concert film This Is It, which was based on rehearsal footage.

Walgren said he will rely on Murray's statements to police, as well as text messages, phone records and expert testimony to show the doctor should stand trial.

He said evidence will show Murray waited at least 21 minutes to call 911 and ordered a bodyguard to help him clean up evidence before summoning help. In the most favorable interpretation, Walgren said, Murray waited at least nine minutes before calling paramedics.

He faulted the doctor in opening statements for performing CPR on Jackson with one hand on his bed, rather than a hard surface as is generally required.

Walgren also plans to call several experts whom he said would testify, "there are a number of actions displayed by Dr. Murray that show an extreme deviation from the standard of care."

The prosecutor also said he would call a bodyguard who would testify that Murray ordered him to collect items from Jackson's bedroom.
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Post by Teva » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:08 pm

Here is an interesting blog about Michael's death
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Here is what tmz had to say, this is the foundation of Murray's defense
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Michael Jackson Manslaughter Hearing Opens In L.A.

Post by MJfan01' » Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:20 pm

Jackson bodyguard will testify

Michael Jackson's bodyguard is due to give evidence against the doctor who allegedly gave the superstar a lethal drugs dose before he died.

Prosecutors say Dr Conrad Murray ordered the bodyguard to conceal syringes and other items before calling the emergency services.

The doctor is facing a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles to determine whether he should be tried for involuntary manslaughter.

Alberto Alvarez is expected to shed light on the chaotic efforts that failed to revive the King of Pop on June 25, 2009.

The bodyguard's testimony could provide key corroboration to the prosecutors' argument that Murray's actions demonstrated "an extreme deviation from the standard of care" by administering the powerful anaesthetic propofol without the proper equipment, and also concealing it and botching efforts to resuscitate the singer.
An autopsy report found Jackson died from an overdose of propofol.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said that Murray forced Alvarez, 34, to gather and conceal items before calling the emergency number 911 to try to help Jackson. Walgren told a judge that he would present evidence that Murray waited as much as 21 minutes before calling for paramedics.

At the end of the preliminary hearing, which was expected to go into next week, a judge will rule whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge over the pop star's death. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

The Houston, Texas, cardiologist has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have contended he did not give Jackson anything that "should have" killed the singer.

Another bodyguard, Faheem Muhammad, testified that he saw Jackson lying on his bed, his eyes and mouth wide open, when he arrived. He described Murray as panicked, and that the doctor asked whether anyone knew CPR.
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Another bodyguard, Faheem Muhammad, testified that he saw Jackson lying on his bed, his eyes and mouth wide open, when he arrived. He described Murray as panicked, and that the doctor asked whether anyone knew CPR.
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does that mean Michael woke up? I always wanted to have this image that he died "peacefully" in his sleep not waking up

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Post by MJfan01' » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:36 pm

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A third day of testimony gets underway in a Los Angeles courtroom Thursday as a judge decides whether Dr. Conrad Murray will face trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of singer Michael Jackson.

On Wednesday, a paramedic and a security guard testified that Jackson appeared to be dead when an ambulance arrived at his home at 12:26 p.m. June 25, 2009.

"When I picked him up, his legs were quite cool," Los Angeles County Paramedic Richard Senneff said. "His eyes were quite dry."

No pulse was detected, and the paramedics' heart monitor showed Jackson was "flatlined" as he lay on his bedroom floor, Senneff testified.

Prosecutors contend that Murray's should be held criminally responsible for giving the pop star a surgical anesthetic, propofol, at home without monitoring equipment.

The coroner concluded Jackson died from "acute propofol intoxication," in combination "the contributory affects of the benzodiazepines," Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said.

Events surrounding Jackson's death
Murray allegedly delayed calling for help when he found Jackson was not breathing, misled paramedics and doctors about the series of sedatives and the anesthetic he'd given him and that he tried to hide evidence when he should have been trying to revive Jackson.
Murray told paramedics he had only given Jackson a dose of lorazepam to help him sleep and that he was treating him for dehydration, Senneff testified.

When he asked "how long the patient was down," the doctor responded "'It just happened,'" Senneff testified.

The paramedic said that account"it didn't add up."

Testimony Wednesday also included emotional accounts of crying and praying in the home as Jackson's children and employees realized something was very wrong upstairs.

Jackson chef Kia Chase said the first indication of a crisis was when Murray ran downstairs in a panic and asked her to send Jackson's oldest son, Prince, and the security guard upstairs.

"His eyes were enlarged," Chase testified. "He was screaming."
After the housekeepers started crying, the rest of the staff joined them, she said.

"We started praying," Chase said. "We held hands, and we were crying."

Jackson's two oldest children, Prince and Paris, watched from a bedroom doorway as Murray tried to revive their father before the ambulance arrived, according to Alberto Alvarez, who worked on Jackson's security team.

"Paris screamed 'Daddy!' and she started crying," Alvarez testified.
Michael Jackson's three sisters, parents and brother Randy listened from the second row of the courtroom as Alvarez appeared to be near tears as he described the scene.

"Dr. Murray then said 'Get them out, get them out. Don't let them see their father like this,' " Alvarez said. "I turned to the children and I told them 'Don't worry, children, we'll take care of it. Go outside please.' "

Alvarez testified that Murray asked for his help in collecting medicines from around the bedroom.

"He then grabbed a handful of bottles or vials," Alvarez said. "He instructed me to put them in a bag."

It was only then, about 21 minutes after prosecutors say Murray realized Jackson was not breathing, that he asked Alvarez to call for an ambulance. It arrived four minutes later.

Jackson's former security chief testified that Murray seemed not to know how to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation as he waited for paramedics to arrive at the singer's house.

Faheem Muhammed said he and Alvarez saw Murray crouched next to Jackson's bed "in a panicked state asking, 'Does anyone know CPR?' "
"I looked at Alberto because we knew Dr. Murray was a heart surgeon, so we were shocked," Muhammed said.

When defense lawyer Ed Chernoff asked if perhaps Murray was only asking for help because he was tired, Muhammed said, "The way that he asked it is as if he didn't know CPR."

Alvarez testified that Murray told him and Muhammed that he was inexperienced at mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

"After the second time, he gave a breath, he said 'You know, this is the first time that I give mouth-to-mouth, but I have to do it, because he's my friend,' " Alvarez said.

Jackson appeared to be dead at that time, with his "eyes open and his mouth open, just laying there," Muhammed said.

Walgren, the deputy district attorney, earlier said that Murray used "ineffectual CPR with one hand while the patient was prone on a soft bed." Using two hands with the patient prone on a hard surface is the proper method, he said.

Muhammed, testifying Tuesday, said he never saw Murray performing CPR on Jackson before paramedics arrived and transported the singer to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The hearing, which began Tuesday, is expected to last two or three weeks, with 20 to 30 witnesses testifying. Judge Michael Pastor will determine whether there is probable cause to send Murray to trial.
Murray remains free on $75,000 bond.

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Post by Teva » Mon Jan 10, 2011 6:15 pm

Witness: Jackson doc bought 255 anesthetic vials
By LINDA DEUTSCH
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Prosecutors began connecting a doctor Monday to a trail of pharmaceuticals blamed for the death of Michael Jackson.

Testimony by a pharmacist showed Dr. Conrad Murray purchased 255 vials of the powerful anesthetic propofol during the three months before the singer died from a lethal combination of the drug and other sedatives.

Murray bought 130 vials of propofol in 100-milliliter doses and another 125 vials in the smaller dose of 20 milliliters, said Tim Lopez, owner of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where Murray has a clinic.

Lopez took the witness stand during the fifth day of a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for Murray, who was Jackson's personal physician, to stand trial after pleading not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

The four shipments of propofol were purchased between April 6 and June 10, 2009, with most of the drugs shipped to the Santa Monica home of Murray's girlfriend, testimony showed. Jackson died on June 25.

Murray also purchased sedatives known as benzodiazpines, Lopez testified.

Lopez said he was first contacted by Murray in November 2008 for information about buying Benoquin, a depigmentation cream used to treat the skin disease vitiligo. Jackson was known to suffer from the ailment, but Lopez said Murray told him he had many African-American patients suffering from the disorder.

Lopez said he and Murray lost touch until late March, 2009, when Murray called back and ordered a large amount of the cream. Lopez said he checked Murray's credentials and had his courier deliver the order to Murray's Las Vegas clinic.

On April 3, Lopez said, Murray called back to say he was happy with the cream and wanted to place another order.

"He specifically asked about propofol and saline bags," Lopez said, recalling that he told Murray he could handle his request.

Murray never disclosed who would receive the drugs, Lopez said.

Murray has told police he was concerned Jackson was addicted to propofol, and that he was trying to wean the singer from it.

Jackson died in his Holmby Hills mansion with Murray present. The coroner's office ruled the cause of death was acute propofol intoxication complicated by benzodiazopene sedatives. A dozen vials of propofol were found in Jackson's bedroom after his death.

Dr. Zeev Kain, anesthesiology department chair at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, has said three 100-milliliter vials of propofol normally used in surgery would be enough to keep a patient unconscious for several hours.

"A doctor should not use propofol at home to start with," Kain said.

In other testimony, a retired federal investigator said he had retrieved -mail from Murray's cell phone containing an exchange between the doctor and a London insurance broker handling a policy for Jackson's planned series of comeback concerts.

The broker asked Murray on the morning of Jackson's death to address press reports that Jackson was in poor health.

"As far as the statements of his health published by the press, let me say they're all felitious (sic) to the best of my knowledge," Murray replied in an e-mail.

Prosecutors have used Murray's phone records to help create a detailed timeline of the doctor's actions on the day Jackson died. Among the witnesses was a bodyguard who said he was told by Murray to place vials of medicine in bags before calling 911.

Paramedics and an emergency-room doctor said they believed the singer died before he was rushed by a paparazzi-hounded ambulance to a nearby hospital, where efforts failed to revive the pop superstar.

Using phone records and testimony from police and Murray's current and former girlfriends, prosecutors tried to show Murray was on the phone throughout the morning of Jackson's death, even after administering propofol to the singer.

They hope to convince a judge of several key points: that Murray was distracted when he should have been monitoring Jackson, that he delayed calling 911, that he botched CPR efforts and that the singer was dead before help was summoned.

Defense attorneys rarely present witnesses or their own theories during preliminary hearings. In Murray's case, they did not make an opening statement and have only hinted at potential arguments as they questioned witnesses.

Murray could face up to four years in prison if tried and convicted.

(This version CORRECTS New approach. Corrects quote from e-mail about reports involving Jackson's health. Updates with details from pharmacist's testimony. This story is part of AP's general news and entertainment services.)

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Post by Teva » Tue Jan 11, 2011 8:26 pm

Michael Jackson hearing: Coroner says drug dose amounted to 'homicide'
January 11, 2011 | 11:16 am

The medical examiner who ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide testified Tuesday he would stand by the classification even if it turned out the pop star gave himself the fatal dose of anesthetic.

Dr. Christopher Rogers made the statement as a lawyer for Jackson’s personal physician questioned him about the possibility the singer administered the anesthetic propofol when Dr. Conrad Murray wasn’t looking.

“Based on the quality of the medical care, I would still call this a homicide even if the doctor did not administer the propofol to Mr. Jackson,” said Rogers, chief of forensic medication at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

He said Murray had endangered Jackson by using the drug in a home setting without proper monitoring, regardless of who gave the final dose. The testimony was a blow to the defense.

Over the course of the six-day hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to try Murray for involuntary manslaughter, his lawyers have hinted they may argue for acquittal at trial by blaming Jackson for the fatal dose.

Rogers testified the pop star was in “excellent” health for a middle-aged man and died because of “substandard” medical care. The pathologist said Murray violated treatment norms with his use of propofol.
The drug, he said, is not indicated for insomnia and requires constant patient monitoring, which Murray did not provide.

“The information we received indicates that the doctor left Mr. Jackson while he was anesthetized and this is something you would not do,” Roger said.

Despite testimony from a paramedic that the singer was so underweight as to resemble a hospice patient, Rogers said Jackson was “normal weight” at 5 feet 9 and 136 pounds.

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Post by Teva » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:27 pm

Michael Jackson's doctor could also lose medical license in other states
January 12, 2011 | 2:46 pm


A day after a Los Angeles County judge yanked Dr. Conrad Murray’s medical license for his alleged role in Michael Jackson’s death, officials in two other states said they were evaluating whether to do the same.

A spokeswoman for the medical board in Texas, where Murray runs a cardiac clinic, said the ruling by Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor “gives us the authority to do a similar action.”

“We certainly have the option of suspending him,” said Leigh Hopper, the board’s public information officer. She said the agency was awaiting an official confirmation of the judge’s ruling before deciding whether to proceed against the physician.

In Nevada, where Murray had a cardiology practice until going to work for Jackson, a medical board official said the agency normally “takes reciprocal action” when the medical board of another state strips a physician of his license.

But Murray’s case is unique because he lost his license as a condition of bail set by a judge, rather than as the result of an investigation by the state medical board, said Edward Cousineau, deputy executive director of the Nevada Medical Board.

“We need to review our statutes and regulations to know if there are any grounds for suspension or disciplinary action,” he said.

Pastor revoked the license at the request of the state medical board at the conclusion of a six-day hearing in which prosecutors presented evidence for their argument that Murray's substandard care had led to Jackson’s death.

The judge said allowing the doctor to keep his license “would constitute an imminent danger to public safety” given testimony about Murray’s conduct, which included administering the dangerous anesthetic propofol without proper monitoring.
Murray’s licenses in all three states were already restricted by agreements he made last year not to use propofol or other heavy sedatives in his practice.

Lawyers for Murray are considering whether to appeal Pastor’s decision, said Charles Peckham, the doctor’s civil attorney.

“It’s difficult to understand the reasoning the court had to adding this additional bond restriction,” Peckham said.

Since “this one horrific event” —- Jackson’s June 25, 2009, death -— “Dr. Murray has been saving lives in Nevada and Texas,” he said.

He said that Murray is primarily concerned about his patients, but that the potential loss of income is also troubling given the expenses of mounting a defense.

“The state of California is taking every action to try to make certain Dr. Murray has no resources to try to defend himself and of course, that is of grave concern,” Peckham said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. His arraignment is set for Jan. 25.

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