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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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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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1351 days ago


I feel bad :(

1351 days ago


I'm confused a MD asks if anybody in the room knows how to do CPR??? Also do***ented that Murray tried doing CPR on the bed???
And Murray has a license to be an MD???

1351 days ago


Isn't CPR taught in Medical School??!! How in the HELL did this man get his license to practice medicine? This is proof enough that he was negligent and reckless. He is a medical professional and he is asking others how to do CPR??

How do you not know that CPR must be done on a hard service. Oh yeah, when your patient is already dead and it didn't matter anymore where you did it!!

My prayers to Michael's kids who had to witness this nightmare.

1351 days ago


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.

Posted at 2:51 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by aston

I’m not quite sure whether the brothers really thought that they were musically equal to Michael (with the exception of Jermaine maybe, who has obviously never stopped to consider Michael’s carreer as a matter of luck). But I do agree with you that they couldn’t understand at all why he didn’t want to perform with them anymore. Maybe they felt that he was in some kind of way obliged to do so because of their long lasting common family history as a band; maybe they simply couldn’t accept that he wasn’t willing to do what just seemed to be an effortless side-job – doing some concerts with his brothers and helping them to earn enough money to make their living throughout the next years. That’s what probably Katherine couldn’t understand. “It’s NOTHING for you, Michael”, I can hear her say, “but it does help your brothers SO much”. Besides that, mothers always wish that their children do something together like when they were small... (*speaks from experience, sigh*)

But yes, you’re right in every aspect: Had there just been one really, really strong, well-meaning person in Michael’s life, one that had been so important to him that he'd done anything to keep him/her at his side, firm as a rock, a shield to protect him against others and against himself – his way would have been a different, more lucky one.

1351 days ago

MJ is the Greatest of all    

DUMB MURDERER!!!!! LOCK him in jail already for killing the WORLD'S GREATEST SUPERSTAR!!!!!!!!!!!

1351 days ago


i agree w/#26. if michael really wanted to live, he wouldn't have been a junkie. you can't be a junkie for that long without it catching up w/you eventually--and the toll it takes on your body.

michael was an adult and responsible for his actions. he sought out a dr. who would do this for him. murray was playing w/fire the moment he took the job.

1351 days ago


'm not excusing anything the guy did, but asking if anyone else in the room knows how to do CPR isn't unusual - you try doing effective CPR alone for more than 30 seconds and see how tired you get. He was probably looking for someone to rotate in and do compressions for a bit. It happens all the time.

Posted at 3:08 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by CW


Thank you. I have to admit that this could be the reason for Murray's – at first glance – unbelievable question.

But I must state that Murray obiously never loses his appetite. Having a nice breakfast downtown before heading the court; being hungry after his patient has died in his hands – a really VERY special person.

1351 days ago


Live stream up on TMZ home page

1351 days ago

JR Jake    

When I used to take basic CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support we learned that when you arrive on an 'unresponsive' patient you start administering CPR unless there is someone there more experienced. However, mouth breathe and chest compressions is always better (2 man vs. 1 man). This statement on its face does not constitute anything other than what many medical professionals might say under the same conditions. SENSATIONALISM!

1351 days ago


<3 beLIEve <3

1351 days ago


Wow what a total disfunctional clan; I understand Joe's good intentions for moving the family out of a "Crime Ridden Hell Hole", like Gary Indiana.

While under contract with Motown; the dance,voice and etiquette classes were required.

Weekly"Entire Family/Group"sessions with a therapist should have been something, Mr. Berry Gordy should have recognized very early on.

1351 days ago


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

1351 days ago


I pray every day for you.
Justice must be done.
God bless you!!!!


1351 days ago

mj fan forever    

Murray was in panic for oneself, for sure NOT for Michael!!!! Just like he did not want Michael would return before from the rehearsal without his order!!! And he insisted that Michael was physically and emotionally fine!!!! What a son of a bitch!!!! He was afraid that someone would discover what he was doing with the medicines he was administering to Michael (and I well believe he had the chills!!!!) together with the propofol!!!! Murray is just a LIAR and a MURDERER!!!!!!

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