Conrad Murray trial: Michael Jackson's doctor returns for day 2 (recap)
Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's former doctor, returned to a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, September 28, for the second day of his involuntary manslaughter trial.
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Autopsy results have shown that Jackson died at age 50 at his Los Angeles on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which he called his "milk," and other sedatives.
Murray, 58, had said he gave the singer a dose of propofol as a sleeping aid on the day he died and has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Days before his death, Jackson was rehearsing in Los Angeles for his sold-out, 50-venue "This Is It" UK tour - his first major series of concerts since 1996. Murray was to provide medical care for Jackson at the time. Jackson missed several days of rehearsal in the days before his death.
On Wednesday, Kathy Jorrie, an attorney for tour promoter AEG Live, testified that Murray assured her that Jackson was "perfectly healthy, in excellent condition."
She said Murray was hired as an independent contractor and he was to also be provided with airfare to and from London, housing in the city, a private vehicle, liability insurance and medical malpractice insurance. A copy of the contract was shown and a line where Jackson was supposed to provide a signature is seen left blank.
"The contract was not signed by all the required parties," she said. "No payment was made by my client (to Murray)."
Jackson was arguably the most successful music artist in the world. Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, said fans were often seen outside the singer's rented Los Angeles home and near the Staples Center, where he rehearsed for his tour, and that Jackson made sure his security guards treated them respectfully.
He said he first met Murray in 2008 in Las Vegas, where the doctor maintains a clinic. Murray has provided medical care for Jackson, as well as for his three children, since 2006. The doctor, Williams said, was often at the singer's house. He affirmed that it was common to see Murray's BMW parked in the driveway.
On Tuesday, the physician's attorney and a prosecutor made opening statements and a photo of Jackson appearing lifeless on a gurney was shown to the jury, which is made up of seven men and five women. Jurors also heard testimonies from Kenny Ortega, a director of what would have been Jackson's "This Is It" tour, as well as from Paul Gongaware, co-CEO of AEG Live.
Ortega said Jackson appeared unwell and appeared "lost" and "incoherent" at rehearsals in the days before his death.Ortega said he wondered if he was under the influence of drugs.
Gongaware has said that Jackson told him he wanted to hire Murray as his personal doctor for the tour. Murray initially demanded an annual salary of $5 million, he said, adding that he turned him down, saying the singer was unable to pay it. He said Murray accepted a subsequent offer of $150,000 a month.
Also scheduled to testify on Wednesday is Faheem Muhammad, the head of Jackson's security team.
On Tuesday, one of the prosecutors earlier 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 tour. The singer's voice is deeply slurred.
He faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted. Prosecutors say the doctor displayed "extreme gross negligence" during his treatment of Jackson. 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.
The trial is expected to last until October 28. Among the jurors, six people are white, five are Hispanic and one is African-American, the race of the doctor and of Jackson. The jurors have been ordered to ignore anything they may have seen or read about Murray, Jackson and the case in the press.
UPDATE: Check out what Jackson's assistant, Michael Amir Williams, said about a mysterious "cream" he said Murray wanted to retrieve after the singer's death, as well as testimony from Jackson's security chief, Faheem Muhammed, who said Prince and Paris Jackson witnessed the doctor try to revive their father.
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