Court- Day 2— MURRAY’S PRELIM-TMZ—Jan 5, 2011
People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray
1/5/2011 4:35 PM PST by TMZ Staff
EMT: Murray Wouldn’t Accept That Michael Was Dead
An EMT continued testifying after a recess, stating all of the emergency workers at Michael Jackson’s house knew the singer was dead, but Dr. Murray wouldn’t “call it.”
Richard Senneff testified about facts that TMZ has been reporting for more than a year — that when paramedics arrived at MJ’s house, there was no sign of life and no chance of revival. Nevertheless, Senneff testified Dr. Murray claimed to feel a pulse and, as the senior medical person on scene, refused to pronounce MJ dead.
Murray ordered the EMTs to take MJ to the hospital. Senneff said the ride was “unbelievable … like the Rose Parade. People running down the street, taking pictures, random cars passing the ambulance. It was insane.”
Once at UCLA, Senneff said Murray was “spinning … moving around, nervous, sweating, multitasking.”
On cross examination, Ed Chernoff got Senneff to admit … Jackson’s skeletal, frail frame, along with his black/bluish feet, were signs of a drug addict.
Updated 1/05/11 at 3:03pm
An EMT who arrived at Michael Jackson’s house 4 minutes after the 911 call says Michael was dead when he arrived, and it looked like he had been dead for a long time before Dr. Conrad Murray called 911.
Richard Senneff testified when he arrived at MJ’s house and saw MJ, he looked like a hospice patient — extremely frail.
Senneff says he believes Murray must have waited at least 20 minutes before calling 911, based on the condition of the body. MJ’s EKG was flatlined.
And Senneff said, when he asked Murray if MJ had been taking meds, all Murray volunteered was lorazepam (Ativan). Murray never uttered a peep about Propofol.
Murray told Senneff Jackson had been “dehydrated.”
MJ Cook to Prince: “Something May be Wrong with Your Dad”
Updated 1/05/11 at 2:58pm
Kai Chase, Michael Jackson’s cook, testified after Michael stopped breathing, Dr. Murray came downstairs in a panic and summoned Prince … and Chase told the boy, “Something may be wrong with your dad.”
Chase says it was evident there was an emergency and the housekeepers started crying.
Chase had testified MJ was on an extremely healthy diet, dining on seared ahi tuna salad for lunch the day before he died.
She found it odd that she prepared Tuscan white bean soup for MJ and Murray the night before Jackson died, but when she came to work the next morning the soup was untouched.
MJ’s Security Guard: Murray Said Hide The Bottles
Updated 1/05/11 at 10:55am
Alberto Alvarez, a bodyguard who says he was MJ’s Director of Logistics, testified Dr. Conrad Murray instructed him to remove bottles from Michael’s bedroom — along with an IV bag with a milky-white substance, before calling 911.
Alvarez says he walked into MJ’s bedroom sometime after 12:17 PM and saw Michael laying motionless. He says Murray told him Michael had “an allergic reaction,” then ordered him to collect a bag of bottles and put them in a bag.
And this is big. Alvarez says Murray then “instructed me to remove the IV bag from the IV stand.”
For the record, law enforcement believes the milky-white substance in the bag was Propofol.
Alvarez says there was a second IV bag — which we know contained saline — and Murray told him to leave it there.
Alvarez says only after the bottles and bag were collected did Murray tell him to call 911.
UPDATE: During cross examination, Ed Chernoff, Murray’s lawyer, got Alvarez to admit he never told the cops about Murray ordering him to remove the bottles. Alvarez also admitted he may sell his story.
Janet Jackson Arrives at Court
Updated 1/05/11 at 9:40am
MJ Bodyguard — Murray Asked, “Does Anyone Know CPR?”
Updated 1/04/11 at 2:55pm
Faheem Muhammad, one of Michael Jackson‘s bodyguards, just testified he was in Michael’s room after Murray noticed MJ stopped breathing. Faheem told the prosecutor, Murray was on his knees doing compressions on MJ in a panicked state, when he turned to Faheem and another bodyguard and asked, “Does anyone in the room know CPR?”
Faheem recalled how Prince and Paris were near the room and Paris was on her hands and knees crying. The nanny took them away.
Faheem also said after Michael was pronounced dead at UCLA, Dr. Murray told him he was hungry and wanted to leave. Faheem said he told Murray to eat at the hospital, but Murray left.
On cross-examination, Ed Chernoff got Faheem to admit Murray spoke with MJ’s family and police before leaving.
Michael Jackson’s Assistant Testifies
Updated 1/03/11 at 12:30pm
The prosecution began to paint a picture of Dr. Conrad Murray’s reckless actions on the night MJ passed away … by calling to the stand the Jackson assistant Murray telephoned before he called 911.
Michael Amir Williams testified that he received a frantic voicemail from Murray at 12:13 PM on June 25, 2009. Williams said Murray’s VM said, “Where are you? Get here right away, hurry.”
Williams says he then called Alberto Alvarez, MJ’s security guard, and asked Alvarez to walk to the front door. Williams says he heard Murray’s voice in the background, then Alvarez hung up.
Williams said that later on at the hospital, Murray approached him and said Michael had some cream in his room that Murray knew MJ wouldn’t want the world to know about. Williams said he wanted someone to give him a ride back to MJ’s house to retrieve it.
Murray’s baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, was in court today — but ordered to return on Friday. Murray was on the phone with Alvarez when he realized MJ was in trouble.
Kenny Ortega Testifies
Updated 1/04/11 at 10:45am
Kenny Ortega, MJ’s producer/director for “This Is It,” was the first to testify, stating just days before MJ died, Dr. Murray was upset that Kenny sent MJ home from rehearsal on June 19. According to Ortega … Murray felt only he should make such decisions.
According to Ortega … Dr. Murray said during the June 20 meeting at MJ’s home that Michael was “physically and emotionally fine,” even though Ortega said MJ had the chills and was not well during the failed rehearsal the day before.
The June 20 meeting at MJ’s home is important for prosecutors, who claim it shows Murray did not care about MJ’s health.
And Ortega said June 23 and 24 were “two wonderful days of rehearsal” and that MJ was happy and healthy. The point — that Jackson wasn’t in distress the day before he died, and it was the Propofol that did him in.
Ortega testified, “He didn’t look well at all. Michael was chilled and soft-spoken … He wasn’t in the kind of condition to be at rehearsal.”
During cross examination, Ortega denied he read Michael “the riot act” during the June 20 meeting.
DA Opening Statement: MJ Already Dead
Updated 1/04/11 at 10:15am
Los Angeles County Prosecutor David Walgren began to lay out the case against Dr. Conrad Murray … saying in his opening statement that Michael Jackson was dead even before paramedics got to MJ’s home.
Walgren also told Judge Michael Pastor Murray tried to conceal the fact he had administered Propofol to Jackson — categorizing Murray’s actions as and “extreme deviation from the standard of care.”
Walgren said the evidence will show Murray ordered a bodyguard to help him clean up evidence and waited at least 20 minutes before he called 911. Once Jackson was taken to the hospital, Walgren said Murray still had not told anyone about the use of Propofol, saying, “Not a word was said about Propofol to the UCLA doctors.”
He also pointed out Murray performed CPR incorrectly — with one hand on his bed, rather than a hard surface.
Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, declined to make an opening statement.
The first witness the prosecution will call is “This Is It” producer/director Kenny Ortega.
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