Conrad Murray trial: Doctor back in court for day 5 (recap)
Conrad Murray, the former doctor of the late Michael Jackson, is back in court for day 5 of his involuntary manslaughter trial.
NOTE: You can watch the proceedings online: OnTheRedCarpet.com is hosting a LIVE STREAM of the Conrad Murray trial, which began on September 27.
Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center at 2:26 p.m. on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest. On Monday, October 3, one of the hospital's emergency room doctors, Richelle Cooper, continued her testimony, which she began on Friday.
She told the jury on Friday that Jackson appeared to be "clinically dead" when he arrived at the hospital. She also said had been contact with a nurse who had spoken to the paramedics who treated Jackson at his home. The two EMTS, Richard Senneff and Martin Blout, said that the singer showed no signs of live and was in cardiac arrest when they arrived at his home at 12:26 p.m..
"Mr. Jackson was my patient and I didn't really have an explanation for why he was dead," Cooper said on Monday. "In my mind it was a coroner's case."
Senneff had said Murray attempted to revive Jackson before they got there. He said the doctor told him he was treating the singer for "dehydration and exhaustion" and that he "gave him a little bit of lorazepam to sleep."
"He never mentioned the word propofol," Senneff said.
Autopsy results have shown that the singer died at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which he called his "milk," and other sedatives. Murray, had said he gave Jackson a dose of propofol as a sleeping aid in his house on the day he died and has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Murray faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted. Murray's lawyers maintain that Jackson drank propofol on his own while the doctor was away from his bedside and that the dose Murray had administered was too low to be fatal.
Others set to testify on Monday include another UCLA doctor, cardiologist Thao Nguyen, representatives of AT&T and Sprint, who are expected to present and confirm phone records and two people Murray is said to have phoned on the day Jackson died, including his girlfriend, Bridgette Morgan.
Senneff said he and his team of paramedics tried to revive Jackson for more than 20 minutes after they arrived at his home. Cooper told them that based on the information given to her, they should pronounce him dead. This was at 12:57 p.m.
Murray assumed control of the situation - which she said a doctor with an active medical license was permitted to do - and told the paramedics to bring Jackson to the hospital. Murray rode in the ambulance with them, as protocol dictates.
When he arrived, her medical team worked to try and revive him. She asked Murray about Jackson's medical history. She said she observed no signs of trauma.
"He reported he had not been ill,' she said. 'There were no physical signs of trauma. I was told that Mr. Jackson had been working very long hours and Dr. Murray thought he had been dehydrated."
She quoted the doctor as saying that he had given Jackson a dose of 2 mg of lorazapam, then gave him an additional dose of the amount amount of the drug, and then observed that the singer had gone into cardiac arrest.
Prosecutors say the doctor demonstrated "gross negligence" in his treatment of Jackson and that one of the way he demonstrated this was by lacking proper medical equipment to care for him. On Friday, the jury also heard from Robert Johnson, who works for Nonin Medical, a company that manufactures non-invasive physiological medical equipment, including pulse oximeters.
He said the model Murray used on Jackson was cheaper than others available and did not contain an alarm, so the doctor would be forced to look at its readings constantly to determine if they were off.
Senneff, Blount and other witnesses, such as the singer's assistant, the first person Murray is believed to have called when he discovered Jackson to be unresponsive, have said they observed an oxygen tank inside the singer's bedroom.
Also on Friday, one of Murray's former patients in Las Vegas, Robert Russell testified that while Murray saved his life after a heart attack, he felt "abandoned" after the doctor told him he was leaving his practice to care solely for Jackson. Listen to the voicemail Murray left Russell at 11:49 a.m. on June 25, 2009, minutes before the doctor called the singer's assistant for help and also before he told Alvarez to call 911.
On September 29, the jury heard from Kai Chase, Jackson's personal chef, and Alberto Alvarez, his former bodyguard, who witnessed the singer unconscious in his bed hours before he was pronounced dead.
Chase testified that she was preparing lunch for the singer on the day he died when Murray came down the stairs in a panic and yelled at her to "go get help, go get security, go get Prince."
Prince is the oldest of the singer's three children. At the time of his father's death, he was 12 years old.
The chef said Murray did not tell her to call 911. Prosecutors have criticized Murray for not contacting emergency services before anyone else after he discovered Jackson laying unresponsive in his bedroom.
Phone records show Murray called Jackson's assistant, Michael Amir Williams (listen here), minutes before emergency services were contacted, and told him the singer had a "bad reaction." Earlier on Thursday, Alvarez, testified that Williams relayed to him Murray's message and told him to go to the home to check on the singer.
Chase noted that Williams' cell phone number was the only contact number she had for Jackson, whose home did not appear to have a land line.
Alvarez complied and said he saw Murray performing CPR on Jackson. Prince and his sister, Paris, witnessed the scene from outside the room, he and security chief Faheem Muhammad confirmed. Alvarez said he ushered the children away, then returned to the room.
He said the doctor ordered him to collect several medicine vials and a saline bag, which Alvarez later confirmed contained a bottle of propofol, before instructing him to call 911. That phone call was played in court. (listen to it here)
"In my personal experience, I believed Dr. Murray had the best intentions for Mr. Jackson," Alvarez added. "I didn't question his authority."
Opening statements in Murray's trial were made on September 27, That day, one of the prosecutors played to the jury a recording of a voice message by Jackson, found on Murray's iPhone, to demonstrate the effect propofol had on him as he prepared for his "This Is It" UK tour. The singer's voice is deeply slurred. Jackson's co-directer, Kenny Ortega, said the singer appeared unwell days before his death.Don't forget: In addition to supplying you with full details about the case, OnTheRedCarpet.com will provide a live stream of the Conrad Murray trial, Monday to Friday, from 8:45 a.m. PT / 11:45 a.m. PT. The judge has said it is set to end on October 28.