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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

1/11/2011 7:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Prosecution Rests in Murray Case

0111_murray_jackson_prelimThe prosecution has ended its case in the Conrad Murray preliminary hearing after 6 days of testimony.

The defense filed a motion to dismiss, which is routine.  It will almost certainly be denied.

Judge Michael Pastor has taken a recess.  It's virtually certain that Dr. Murray will be ordered to stand trial.

The Deputy Attorney General who represents the Medical Board of California is in the courtroom.  We're told he will ask the judge to suspend Murray's license to practice medicine.


Conrad Murray Manslaughter Hearing

Murray Commited Homicide Even If MJ Injected Himself
Updated 1/11/11 at 10:57am

0111-conrad_prelimA doctor for the L.A. County Coroner's Office just testified ... even if Michael Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of Propofol, Dr. Murray is still guilty of homicide.

Dr. Christopher Rogers testified he believes Dr. Murray had no business administering Propofol outside a hospital setting, particularly without the appropriate medical equipment.  Rogers said given Michael's dependence on Propofol and the fact that Murray left him alone in the room with access to the drug constitutes a homicide.
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Coroner Doesn't Believe Dr. Murray's Story
Updated 1/11/11 at 10:26am

0111_jackson_prelimA doctor for the L.A. County Coroner's Office testified he doesn't believe Dr. Murray only gave Michael Jackson 25mg of Propofol.

Without saying Murray lied to cops during his interview two days after MJ died, Dr. Christopher Rogers testified if Murray were correct about the 25mg of Propofol, Jackson would have awakened after 3 to 5 minutes of sleep.

Rogers also testified he doesn't believe Jackson swallowed Propofol.  The defense laid the groundwork for this theory yesterday, because small amounts of the drug were found in Jackson's stomach.

And Rogers said he believes it's inappropriate to use Propofol for insomnia and that Murray's care was "substandard."
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Murray to Cops:  Michael Begged Me For Propofol
Updated 1/10/11 at 4:55pm

0110_michael_jackson_conrad_murray_prelimIn some of the most dramatic testimony to date, an LAPD detective testified Dr. Conrad Murray told him Michael Jackson "begged" him for Propofol shortly before he died.

LAPD Robbery Homicide Detective Orlando Martinez testified about an interview he conducted with Dr. Murray two days after MJ died.  Martinez said Murray told him the night before Jackson died he was having trouble sleeping.  Murray said he was trying to ween Jackson off of Propofol -- a drug he was giving MJ almost every night for two months.

Murray told Martinez he was giving Jackson a variety of other drugs, beginning sometime after 1AM, to no avail.  Jackson then said if he didn't get to sleep he would cancel rehearsal.

Murray said he was feeling "pressure" from MJ to give him something to help him sleep, and Jackson was begging for Propofol.  Murray claims he gave him a reduced dose, with Michael's help.  As TMZ has reported many times before, Murray said MJ liked to "push in the Propofol himself and that other doctors let him do it."

Murray went to the bathroom for 2 minutes, came back and claims he saw MJ wasn't breathing.
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Defense: Michael Jackson Drank Propofol
Updated 1/10/11 at 2:53pm

0107_propofol_prelimMichael Jackson may have drank himself to death by consuming a juice box laced with Propofol -- at least that's what Conrad Murray's defense team suggested in court today.

Murray's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, was questioning a Senior Criminalist from the L.A. County Coroner's Office about the 70 grams of fluid found in MJ's stomach at the time of the autopsy ... fluid that tested positive for traces of Propofol.

Flanagan noted the presence of a juice box on MJ's nightstand ... and asked if it had been tested for Propofol ... raising the possibility that MJ was sippin' on the anesthetic shortly before he died.

The criminalist testified he had not tested the juice box.

So what's Flanagan's point? He might be suggesting that MJ was secretly self-administering his Propofol ... which would support Murray's defense theory that MJ accidentally caused his own overdose.
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Dr. Murray Ordered a Boatload of Propofol for MJ
Updated 1/10/11 at 12:05pm

0110_murray_vid_launch_prelim_3A pharmacist Dr. Murray used to order Propofol just testified the doctor ordered box after box of the drug in the two months before Michael Jackson's death.

Tim Lopez, a pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, said beginning on April 6, 2009, Dr. Murray began ordering large quantities of Propofol. On that date, he ordered 10 single dose vials.

Murray, who had the drugs sent to his girlfriend's Santa Monica home where he was living, also ordered boxes of the drug on April 28 -- 4 boxes and each of the boxes had 10 100ml vials.

Later that month, Murray ordered 20 vials of midazolam and 20 vials of lorazepam.

On May 12, Murray ordered 4 boxes of Propofol, along with 2 trays of midazolam.

On June 10, Murray ordered 4 boxes of Propofol, and 2 20ml Propofol.
 
In all, Murray ordered 255 vials of Propofol in the two months -- including 130 vials of Propofol in 100ml doses and another 125 vials of Propofol in 20ml vials.
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Judge: Murray's iPhone Admissible as Evidence

Updated 1/10/11 at 10:35am

0110_iphone_prelimJudge Michael Pastor ruled this morning that recently obtained data from Dr. Conrad Murray's iPhone is admissible as evidence.

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, referenced the items in question ... a few voicemails and 12 screenshots.  He was not more specific.

The prosecution has used phone records to create a timeline showing what Murray did the day Michael Jackson died.
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136.

edge70    

This is an L.A. jury right? Cant the defense just blame the whole thing on Fuhrman?

1305 days ago
137.

aston    

Moni: I guess I meant a family member. I know there were family members who tried to help in different ways, but no one seems to have been strong enough or organized enough. His mother didn't want to intrude on his privacy. Someone should have confronted him: Since you feel threatened, what are you doing about it? What provisions have to taken regarding security tapes, if something should happen? Can the family take turns staying with you? Or friends that you trust? For the children's sake - is there a will, and where is it? Now just sit tight, Mike, because I'm going to rummage through your house from cellar to attic finding all your medications. And so on.

I'm just guessing, but I think that if MJ had had some very close person in his bed, with or without sex, he would have slept better an not needed propofol.

1305 days ago
138.

moni    

Perhaps the money was one of those things. Maybe it's the reason how he was able to go on tropical vacations and afford expensive lawyers? Has he paid his child support??

Posted at 2:14 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by marcia
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Very valid point, Marcia! As Michael's personal physician Murray had access to Michael's very private rooms and must have known his habits absolutely in detail. Who knows how he or some special services he provided (medications) were paid? Probably not always by bank transfer...

1305 days ago
139.

FlowerPower    

Court TV stated that Michael was dead about an hour before paramedics were called. The evil one spent that time cleaning things out of the house.

Posted at 2:07 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by dd
dd, do you have a link to this court tv?

1305 days ago
140.

francesca M.A.S. jackson    


MJs ALIVE
♥beLIEve♥

1305 days ago
141.

LC4Michael    

I sincerely doubt Murray wanted to get back to MJ'S house so quickly to gather up the cream. Everyone knew that Michael had a skin disorder and that he used creams to even out his skin tone. That was no secret. I think he needed to get back to the house to gather up evidence that he left behind because he knew what was coming down the pike. He knew he screwed up big-time! That is also why he disappeared for two days. Needed to get his story straight and get those storage bins cleaned out before the crap hit the fan. Of course, this is just my opinion. But I think there is a lot of evidence to support it.

1305 days ago
142.

Siggisis    

Siggi


I had to leave for awhile.

Did the other two bodyguards testify? If so what did they say?

Posted at 2:19 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by MiMi

Hi again. :-)
I haven´t heard anything yet. Waiting, waiting.
This whole thing is really tough on you, tougher than I thought!

1305 days ago
143.

Anon    

Thanks TMZ for doing this, this is awesome! Dr. Murray knew how to do CPR correctly, he just knew it didn't matter this time because Jackson was already dead.

Interesting the Murray would care if Jackson was sent home one day. Why would he care? That's pretty odd.

1305 days ago
144.

BrAnBa    

I don´t get it...why would Murray be upset about MJ being sent home from rehearsals by Ortega?? As a doctor, he should have cared about his health. Surely Murray wanted to go to London with Michael making big bucks on "propofoling" him. So it would have been in Murray´s interest that Michael felt well enough to do the shows.

Something stinks in this. He didn´t want MJ to go back home from the rehearsals unless HE, himself, gave permission to it. What?? Did he want MJ working himself to death? Did he want him worn out? Or did he not want him to go back home unexpected because...because of what he would find?

I don´t know, just speculating. Sounds VERY strange to me.

1305 days ago
145.

moni    

I'm just guessing, but I think that if MJ had had some very close person in his bed, with or without sex, he would have slept better an not needed propofol.

Posted at 2:21 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by aston
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Oh, aston, now I see. You're so right about the family members. They probably could have helped Michael and I'm absolutely sure that they were ready to do so – if he hadn't kept them two hundred armlengths away like so many other people.
I guess the family didn't have a chance. Michael was weak in some aspects – but he was so strong at the same time. I think he was very aware from childhood on that it was actually him who was the money-maker of the family, indispensable, powerful already at the age of 10 or 12 years. The other family members must have internalized that and never forgotten about it. Michael was the boss of the Jackson family. And it's hard to touch the boss – even if you are his mother.

1305 days ago
146.

moni    

OMG, I obviously choose the wrong quote from aston's post... of course I wanted to refer on her remarks about the family *covers her blushing face in desperation*

1305 days ago
147.

Siggisis    

I don´t get it...why would Murray be upset about MJ being sent home from rehearsals by Ortega?? As a doctor, he should have cared about his health. Surely Murray wanted to go to London with Michael making big bucks on "propofoling" him. So it would have been in Murray´s interest that Michael felt well enough to do the shows.

Something stinks in this. He didn´t want MJ to go back home from the rehearsals unless HE, himself, gave permission to it. What?? Did he want MJ working himself to death? Did he want him worn out? Or did he not want him to go back home unexpected because...because of what he would find?

I don´t know, just speculating. Sounds VERY strange to me.

Posted at 2:39 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by Kaprifol

I have been thinking about that too - and wondered why it could be.
1. Arrogance? Mr. Hogh and Mighty 150.000 a month doc? How dare anyone question his work.
2. Nervous because he knew he had mis-medicated (can you say that?) Michael. Nervous anyone found out what was REALLY going on?
3. He had orders from someone to make sure Michael made it to rehearsals. AEG? Other parties? Any thoughts, people?
This is so strange!

1305 days ago
148.

MiMi    


This whole thing is really tough on you, tougher than I thought!

Posted at 2:28 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by Siggisis

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Yes it is Siggi.

Very emotional.

1305 days ago
149.

Siggisis    

Mr. HIGH and Mighty - sorry for all the typos. I will start using spell check.

1305 days ago
150.

aston    

Moni: Yes, he had power, but it's clear that the family (or many of them) never really realized how big he had become. The brothers genuinely believed they were equal to him musically and couldn't understand (or respect) why he wouldn't perform with them. That's part of what kept him away, I think. And part of what made him feel so lonely.

He would have needed a very strong mother, brother or wife. Employees he could fire.

Too many mysteries here. Nothing - but nothing! - about Michael is ever just straight forward - except his music. Now he's dead and everything concerning that is secrets within secrets.

1305 days ago
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