|Trial Testimony Update - Friday|
(7-10-2011) In day 9 of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the jury (and the world) finally heard from Murray himself as the prosecution played a recording of the doctor's interview with LAPD detective Scott Smith, conducted two days after Michael Jackson's death.
A chronilogical account of the recording by topic follows below:
- Murray says Michael Jackson asked him to be his doctor during the “This Is It” concert series, but AEG paid his salary
- In 2006, he was referred to Jackson through a patient's son. Jackson requested a doctor to help with flu symptoms he and his children were experiencing at the time
- Jackson was visiting other doctors that Murray didn't know about
- Says Jackson's rehearsal the night before he died went well
- Jackson told Murray he was tired when he arrived home on June 24, 2009
- The night before Jackson died, Murray administered cream to Jackson's body to treat his vitiligo
- Says Jackson could not sleep naturally so he gave him a pill of lorazepem
- Murray started an I.V. on Jackson near his knee and administered 2 mg of lorazepam
- Jackson fell asleep for 10 to 15 minutes
- Around 4 a.m. June 25, 2009 Jackson started to complain that if he couldn't sleep he would have to cancel the tour
- At 7:30 a.m. Jackson was still wide awake and Murray administered midazolam
- At 10:00 a.m. Jackson is still awake and complains about not sleeping; says he will have to cancel the day's rehearsals
- Around 10:30 a.m. on morning of death, Jackson requested the anesthetic propofol
- Murray administered 25mg of propofol and Jackson finally fell asleep
- Says Jackson knew propofol was the only drug that would help him sleep
- Says Jackson told him that he had infused propofol himself with other doctors
- Murray had trouble starting an I.V. on Jackson, because of clotting
- Murray tells about when Jackson requested propofol for the first time
- Before taking over the care of Jackson he consulted with a Dr. Adams
- Murray said it seemed Jackson took propofol every day
- Says Jackson told him that he needed to sleep 15 to 18 hours to perform
- Says Jackson told him that he had other doctors on tour helping him sleep 18 hours
- Dr. Adams told him working for Jackson in Las Vegas he made $600,000 annually
- Says Jackson told him he wanted him to be his doctor forever
- Said Jackson told him about how he wanted to start a children’s hospital
- Investigators steer interview back to what happened the night Jackson died
- Returning to the timeline Murray says after he had administered the 25mg propofol and Jackson fell asleep, he eventually left to go to the bathroom
- Murray says he was only away from Jackson’s side a couple of minutes
- When Murray came back he noticed Jackson was not breathing
- Said he immediately started chest compressions and rescue breathing, says he could not move Jackson off the bed by himself; used one-hand chest compressions
- Murray says he had trouble finding a phone that worked in Jackson’s home
- While conducting chest compression’s Murray called Jackson’s assistant
- Murray says he was confused about Jackson’s address
- Says he lifted Jackson’s legs to push blood to his heart
- Murray administered flumazenil to combat the effects of sedatives
- He then requested security guard Alberto Alvarez call 911
- When paramedics showed up Jackson was still not breathing
- Murray encouraged paramedics to administer a variety of drugs
- Murray urged paramedics to not give up on Jackson
- Paramedics wanted to declare Jackson dead in his bedroom
- At UCLA Medical Center, doctors tried to revive Jackson for about an hour
- Murray wanted an autopsy, because he didn’t understand the death
- Murray says he had been concerned with Jackson’s inability to sleep
- Says three days before he died, Murray began to wean Jackson off propofol
- Says he wanted Jackson to sleep naturally
- Three days before his death Dr. Murray started using other drugs like lorazepam
- Says Jackson fought him on weaning off propofol
- Says two nights before he died Jackson was given no propofol
- Says Jackson claimed to not like going without propofol
- The next night Jackson couldn’t sleep
- Murray says he wanted to help Jackson and he was compassionate
- Judge Pastor stops the recording
However, it does highlight the prosecutions argument that Murray basically neglected his patient by administering a very dangerous drug and then walking away, leaving him unsupervised. On the recording, Murray insisted he kept a close watch on Jackson after he finally fell asleep. However, he never mentioned the long list of emails, texts and calls that his cell phone records later revealed.
Murray said he left the room for about two minutes to visit the toilet. When he returned, he realized his patient had stopped breathing.
The second half of Murray's interview will be played in court Tuesday morning, when jurors return after the Columbus Day holiday.
In other testimony on Friday, Murray's lawyers questioned the coroner's toxicologist in their effort to convince jurors that the sedative lorazepam, not the surgical anesthetic propofol, was the drug most responsible for Michael Jackson's death.
"I think it has its importance but it was not the red flag that caught my eye," Dan Anderson said Friday. "Propofol in any case that we handle is important, probably more important than any other drugs that we deal with."
The Los Angeles County coroner concluded Jackson's June 25, 2009, death was caused by "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives, including lorazepam.
The scientific evidence, presented by the toxicologist, is tedious and often difficult to follow, but it is the cornerstone of the prosecution's case. The jurors appeared to pay close attention as they took notes while Anderson detailed the lab results from Jackson's autopsy.
Along with propofol, Lidocaine and lorazepam, tests of blood taken from Jackson's heart and leg also tested positive for Midazolam and Diazepam, drugs commonly used to alleviate anxiety or induce sleep.
Jackson did not have Demerol in his blood, which is significant because of the defense contention that Dr. Arnold Klein addicted Jackson to the painkiller in frequent visits to his Beverly Hills dermatology clinic in the weeks before his death, without Murray knowing.
Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff said in his opening statement that Jackson was unable to sleep because he was going through withdrawal from Demerol since he had not visited Klein for several days.
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