Friday, September 30, 2011



Conrad Murray broke off from trying to resuscitate Michael Jackson to order a bodyguard to hide bottles of drugs, jurors heard today.

The star's doctor allegedly told Alberto Alvarez to stash away drug vials and a surgical drip bag containing what appeared to be propofol, an anaesthetic meant only to be used in hospitals.

Murray, 58, is charged with causing Jackson’s death by accidentally administering a fatal dose of the anaesthetic while trying to help the singer combat his chronic insomnia.

Mr Alvarez explained how he went into Jackson's bedroom on June 25, 2009, to find Murray carrying out CPR on the prone star.

It was the first time Murray had performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in his life.

Mr Alvarez also told how Jackson's terrified daughter Paris screamed out 'Daddy' as she came face to face with her father's dead body.

The 11-year-old cried out in horror as she stood close to his bed with Jackson's lifeless face pointed in her direction, the singer's bodyguard told the court at Dr Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial today.

Mr Alvarez was the first person to reach Jackson's bedroom after his doctor urgently called for help. He said the doctor instructed him to help hide medicines before calling 911.

He said he was sat in his security trailer when he got a call from Jackson's assistant asking him to rush to the singer's bedroom without creating a 'commotion'.

When the bodyguard got to the room on the second floor of the LA mansion, he said Murray called to him 'Come, come quick'.

He said that Murray was giving chest compressions with his left hand to Jackson who was lying on his bed.

The singer was lying on his back with his hands to his side with his palms up, and his mouth and eyes open, the bodyguard told the court.

He said that as Murray told him that they needed to get Jackson to hospital he noticed Paris Jackson crying inside the room.

Murray shouted: 'Don't let them see their dad that way', before Mr Alvarez ushered her from the room, reassuring her that 'everything will be OK'.

Mr Alvarez said when he asked Murray what had happened he said that Jackson had 'had a bad reaction'.
He said that he was told by the doctor to gather medicine vials before calling emergency services.

Alberto Alvarez said Dr. Conrad Murray grabbed the vials form a night stand next to Jackson, who was still in his bed. 'He said "here, put these in a bag".' said Mr Alvarez.

The bodyguard said at first he thought he was bagging the items in preparation for a trip to the hospital. He said he trusted Murray because he was a doctor.

He said the doctor passed him a 'handful' of vials and told him to bag them in a plastic bag. He then ask him to put the plastic bag in a brown paper bag and then to place that bag inside a blue bag.

The doctor also asked him to remove one of the saline bags that had a 'milky white substance' in it from an IV stand and put it in the blue bag.

Mr Walgren played Mr Alvarez's 911 call for jurors. 'He's pumping the chest, but he's not responding to anything, sir,' Mr Alvarez told the dispatcher, urging them to send an ambulance quickly.

The burly Alvarez became emotional as the 911 call was played for jurors. Jackson's mother, Katherine, appeared distraught and her son, Randy, huddled next to her and put his arm around her.

'Was that difficult to hear?' Mr Walgren asked. 'It is,' Mr Alvarez replied.

Mr Alvarez said, after hanging up with dispatchers, he performed chest compressions on Jackson while Murray gave the singer mouth-to-mouth resuscitation efforts. The doctor remarked it was his first time performing the procedure.

'I recalled that after a few breaths that he [Conrad Murray] breathed into Mr Jackson, he came up and he said this is the first time that I do mouth to mouth, but I have to, he's my friend,' said Mr Alvarez.

Mr Alvarez recalled seeing Murray at the hospital where Jackson was taken and sitting next to the emergency room.
'I wanted him to make it,' Mr Alvarez quoted Murray as saying. 'I wanted him to make it.'

Mr Alvarez said he's been approached numerous times by media outlets that have offered him hundreds of thousands of dollars to tell his story. He's refused every time, even though he's struggled financially since Jackson's death.

'I don't have steady work,' he said. 'I went from a great salary to hardly anything.'

Prosecutors have been calling witnesses who were with Jackson and Murray the day the singer died.

Jackson's personal chef, Kai Chase, testified about seeing a panicked Murray come into the kitchen the day of Jackson's death and telling her to summon security and send up Jackson's eldest son Prince.

The chef, who was in the kitchen preparing lunch for Michael and his kids, said she sent the boy upstairs, but didn't call security - a point highlighted by defence attorney J. Michael Flanagan.

Five to 10 minutes after Chase said she saw Murray in the kitchen, the doctor called the popstar's assistant Michael Amir Williams, who dispatched security to Jackson's bedroom.

Authorities accuse Murray of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom.

The jury has already gotten a glimpse into the entertainer's inner sanctum through photos and testimony.

Mr Alvarez's account of what occurred on the day of Jackson's death was challenged by Murray's defence attorneys.

Ed Chernoff began to attack Mr Alvarez's recollection of when Murray asked the bodyguard to gather the medicine vials.

Mr Chernoff suggested Mr Alvarez may have placed the vials in the bag after paramedics arrived. Mr Alvarez maintained Murray gave his instructions prior to the 911 call.

Mr Chernoff questioned Mr Alvarez's timeline, noting that the bodyguard had spoken to Jackson's personal assistant on a cell phone two minutes before he called 911.

The call, according to records, lasted 88 seconds.

Mr Chernoff then began to tick off the number of things Mr Alvarez said he did, including ushering two of Jackson's kids out of the bedroom, before Murray asked the bodyguard to grab the vials.

Prosecutors contend Murray did not tell any of the bodyguards or emergency personnel that he had been giving Jackson propofol and other sedatives to help him sleep.

Mr Chernoff claimed in opening statements that Jackson gave himself the lethal dose.

Much of the trial in later sessions will focus on the science of what killed Jackson, and duelling theories of Murray's role.
For at least another day, jurors will hear from witnesses who knew him when he was alive.

No comments: