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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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2748 COMMENTS

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2701.

DonnaLynn125    

Follow the money......this is what it is about! So many "characters" involved. Too numerous to mention but yet they are somehow all connected. I was even surprised how Jermaine introduced some of them to Michael"to help him". Too many shady people in his life. May he finally be at peace!

1318 days ago
2702.

bluebell    

There are 2 sides to every story - and the bottom line is MJ was an addict and an addict will go to any means possible to get what they want! I'm not condoning Murray's actions and unprofessionalism, but any of you that say you loved him probably would have given in to his demands as well; especially if there was big $$$$ to be made.

1318 days ago
2703.

jodie w    

if your a DR and your patient dies there is always an investigation into the reason why thats why they do autopsy now he was bein treated for a sleeping disorder, mj has said more then once that he was haven trouble sleeping, who dies from a sleeping disorder? mj does cause his stupid DR wasnt treating him in the way he should have.its abvious DR.murray was out for the money. he got all that money to eligally give him propofol in mj home,murray knew it was dangerous why do you think you tried to cover it up. come one people we all know he is guilty he killed him and knew there was no hope to bring him back thats why he decided to call everyone cause he knew his ass was in hot water!

1318 days ago
2704.

CarolO    

Michael Jackson was a drug addict for 20 years. Murray was his doctor for one month. Sometimes it's just finally all the body can take, as is the case of Elvis. Jackson is also to blame for his abuse of drugs and making sure he only had doctors that would give them what he wanted.

1318 days ago
2705.

MiMi    

low iq and Butt no Balls


I would say that the definition of internet troll fits both of you to a T.


"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response[1] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[2] In addition to the offending poster, the noun troll can also refer to the provocative message itself, as in "that was an excellent troll you posted". While the term troll and its associated action trolling are primarily associated with Internet discourse, media attention in recent years has made such labels highly subjective, with trolling being used to describe intentionally provocative actions outside of an online context. For example, recent media accounts have used the term troll to describe "a person who defaces internet tribute sites with the aim of causing grief to families."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_troll

LoL...

1318 days ago
2706.

Anonymous    

I somehow think that this case is being blown waaaay out of proportion!!!!!....Once these ppl start something and hold onto it they never let go...Could Dr Murray have handled this better absolutely no doubt. However this was not just anyone he was caring for this was MJ.....so what am I trying to say? I don?t think the DOC was trying to do a cover up...I think this DOC panicked then he felt like if he told the cops that the gace jacko propofol this would be blown way out without giving him a good cahnce @ really explaining. GOD REST MJ's SOUL, however give the DOC his liscense back.....

1318 days ago
2707.

ninicanvas    

Q,

It is not about what MJ was or was not, it's about what this Murray did!!! Calm the **** down and listen!!! What happened to
your IQ? Oooops you are Q and I is missing!! I kind of understand your state of mind now.

1318 days ago
2708.

Dose Of Reality    

MiMi, your LoL's are a sure sign that you have nothing intelligent to add.

1318 days ago
2709.

Cherwood    

If we all Cry - 2.0...........
-#2846: Hey DonnaLynne! Thank you, again for your support!
Regarding Nurse Cherilyn, people have fought me tooth and nail on these boards because many of the fans were fooled by her Propofol 'act', but I wasn't and said so. What they fail to realize is that if her story is believed to be true, it supports the defense's story that Michael begged and browbeated Murray into giving him Propofol....
Also, she and Murray give the SAME story when asked how they came to work for Michael, but she wouldn't say who the person was that referred her to him....STRANGE....
Hopefully, if she DOES testify, the Prosecution will nail her and get to the bottom of the inconsistencies in her story....and find out if she IS NOI......
As for Nanny Grace, I haven't heard anything about her since the Prelim got started. Last I heard, she was on Facebook celebrating going on some Mission Trip. You know she had started some sort of "For Profit" Charity Organization, if that makes any sense....the org supposedly hooked up people who wanted to donate to charity, with the appropriate one. Not sure if the Org. is still running. One of the Posters said Grace had been acting very depressed on her facebook up until this past Spring, and thought maybe it was because she had been cleared as a suspect so she could travel again....
She was listed on the LAPD affidavit as a "Person if interest" in the case, which means you're a possible suspect or accessory to the crime....Grace was in London when Michael passed, and she had been fired as his Nanny in either late 2008 or early 2009....
She wasn't at the scene of the crime, but that doesn't mean she couldn't have been a part of the CONSPIRACY......
And from what I understand, she supposedly was shopping for homes in the Hills at one point, and had come into a MILLION DOLLARS....where does a NANNY get that? Well, she was more like his Personal Assistant as of 2005, but even that position doesn't pay that wel.....
Remember, Michael had an account that was in her name from back in 2005 when he ran into financial difficulties after the Trial.....
BTW: Jermy's involvement with many of the SHADY characters of this tragedy has not been lost on anyone who has done their research. Suffice it to say, the DA should've done some intense questioning of HIM as well, especially since he's been down on his luck for so long and possibly got himself and Michael into something he couldn't get out of....
-#2847: the velvetfactory, actually, I think much of this case goes beyond the LA DA and should be taken up by the FBI and DEA. Hopefully they are investigating but it just hasn't been made public....
-#2850: bluebell, first of all, Michael was no addict--the Coroner's report is my Proof, but where's YOURS??
Second, do you have ANY idea what the difference is between a person with ETHICS, and one who is UNETHICAL?
And one more question, would you give somebody you love something that could possibly KILL them, simply for MONEY?? And what do you think that money would represent to you after you had that person's BLOOD on your hands???
And MOTHER could tell you, love means saying NO sometimes, no matter how hard the child cries.....
I rest my case.........
-#2852:CarolO, There it is again, we're on a Michael board and someone has to inevitably mention ELVIS....
Here's the thing, Elvis was a KNOWN addict, there are do***ented reports on it and his CORONER said so also....
SO can we PLEASE quit referencing him. The 2 of them had nothing in common but MUSIC and LISA MARIE....Oye.
-#2853: aq, I see you're continuing your mission as a one person TABLOID RAG....
What is AMAZING to me is that you don't GAG all over yourself from being REPETITIOUS and the BIGGEST BORE on these boards!
-#2854: Hey MiMi! Awww, I think you may have HURT one of the little demons....
Thanks for the "teaching moment", although I doubt either one of these characters have the sense to grasp it....LOL x 500!!!
-#2855: Anonymous, actually this case hasn't been blown up any where near as much as it should! There are so many aspects and inconsistencies in this case that people on these boards have come up with, yet it's unclear whether the DA has even BEGUN to touch on these issues....
ANd you may be right that Murray panicked--one of the 2 theories I have on what happened is that he did just that....but in his panic, he called someone who recommended that he cover up with more Benzos and the Propofol....
But regardless of what we theorize, one thing is a FACT: Murray DEFINITELY tried to cover up once he realized Michael was gone. YOu may want to review the Prelim Hearing Testimony--nothing he told the LAPD adds up. He gave at least TGREE different time lines and NONE of them match up to his PHONE RECORDS. ANd finally, he called 911, at least 25 mins AFTER MIchael stopped breathing, yet he called THREE PEOPLE BEFORE HE CALLED 911....
I can TOTALLY understand why you used that nic for your post......Oye.
Cher
MJJ Justice League 2009--WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER and MISS-U-SO-MUCH!!

1317 days ago
2710.

on MJJ's side    

don't you girls and guys realise MJ is very well alive and kicking???? ~NO OFFENCE~

1317 days ago
2711.

MiMi    

In California can a involuntary manslaughter charge be upgraded to 2nd degree murder during trial?

"Once the judge has ruled, there is a period of time (15 calendar days) between the preliminary hearing and a second arraignment. The DA then files whatever charges they think were proven at the preliminary hearing in a new charging do***ent called an information. In most cases, they file charges that are the same as the judge's ruling. The prosecution can file additional charges - either extra charges, higher charges or lower charges.

From there, the defense can challenge those new charges in a Penal Code section 995 motion. Let's say, for example, that the judge ruled that there wasn't enough evidence for murder, but there was enough for manslaughter. The prosecution disagrees and decides to file murder charges anyway. The defense would then file a 995 motion to challenge those charges. A different judge would then review the transcript of the preliminary hearing and rule on whether or not there was sufficient evidence to support the charges.

The defense can file a 995 motion in any criminal case to challenge the sufficiency of the evidence, even if the charges don't change from the initial charges. The defense can always challenge whether or not the defendant was held to answer based on enough evidence."

http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/in-california-can-a-inv...

1317 days ago
2712.

janalal4    

I somehow think that this case is being blown waaaay out of proportion!!!!!....Once these ppl start something and hold onto it they never let go...Could Dr Murray have handled this better absolutely no doubt. However this was not just anyone he was caring for this was MJ.....so what am I trying to say? I don?t think the DOC was trying to do a cover up...I think this DOC panicked then he felt like if he told the cops that the gace jacko propofol this would be blown way out without giving him a good cahnce @ really explaining. GOD REST MJ's SOUL, however give the DOC his liscense back.....

Posted at 3:28 PM on Jan 13, 2011 by Anonymous

Let him off the hook without paying a single consequence & give him his license back.Then would you allow him to treat yourself or perhaps your children & feel 'comfortable' with that?

If you think for a second this case is being blown out of proportion then you don't have any idea what the proper practice of medicine is at all.

1317 days ago
2713.

bluebell    

Hey Cherwood

Seriously, what is your damage? I guess people don't have a right to their own opinion - and we should all listen to your holier than thou "facts?" So, you're telling me, that someone who had I.V. equipment in their house, is not an addict? Are you high? I NEVER said that Murray was an ethical professional, and yes, I am aware of the difference. Coroner's can be unethical too - did you ever think that maybe someone paid him off to lie?

It is just as easy to love someone and enable them at the same time. I don't believe it's a healthy relationship, but it does happen. I think the Jackson family could have done more - but, as we all know, most addicts refuse the help.

I think you need to get over your freakish obsession and GET A LIFE!!!!!

1317 days ago
2714.

Cherwood    

-blue bell, why is it that so many of your ilk rush to consider someone OBSESSED just because they called you out on your CRAP??
This has nothing whatsoever to do with me being "holier than thou" as you put it, and everything to do with the fact that your opinion is completely off base if you think it's okay to overlook what Murray gave Michael simply because he CLAIMS Michael asked for it and paid him? And if you can't understand that that's UNETHICAL, then you have bigger ISSUES than my post.....
Why don't you tell all of the THOUSANDS of patients out there recuperating as an outpatient that they're addicts because they have IV EQUIPMENT in their homes.....
I think if a urine test was given to both of us, you wouldn't stand a chance after that statement!
And I see in all of your ranting, you never answered any of the questions I posed to you. So I'll list them again, although I KNOW I won't get an answer:
Michael was no addict--the Coroner's report is my Proof, but where's YOURS??
Second, do you have ANY idea what the difference is between a person with ETHICS, and one who is UNETHICAL?
And one more question, would you give somebody you love something that could possibly KILL them, simply for MONEY?? And what do you think that money would represent to you after you had that person's BLOOD on your hands???

And for the record, what does the Jackson family have to do with this? While I'm no fan of theirs, I'm sure they did what they could given their dreams of rekindling their fame as the Jacksons.....
Other than that, they have nothing to do with this case other than being the bereaved family of the Victim. They rarely even saw Michael post 2005, because he had a different agenda from theirs--though I do believe he loved them--but scrutinizing their relationship with him will do NOTHING to clarify whether or not he had an addiction.....but of course they're an easy target same as he was....Oye.
Bottom line, You say I have a freakish obsession? WHAT OF IT? C'mon, you can do better than that! I've been following and loving Michael since he first hit the airwaves, and I'M PROUD OF IT!! HILARIOUS that you find it necessary to call me names simply because you KNOW you've been SHUT DOWN...
Consider this: You are someone who CLEARLY thinks badly of Michael, but has taken time to post NEGATIVE CRAP on a story ABOUT HIM......
Now, who REALLY needs to GET A LIFE?
LOL x 1000!!!!

Cher
MJJ Justice League 2009--WE ARE HERE TO CHANGE THE WORLD!!!
No Peace till Justice!
MICHAEL--IL.O.V.E.U4EVER and MISS-U-SO-MUCH!!

1316 days ago
2715.

Dose Of Reality    

Yes it's completely normal for someone with insomnia to require surgical anesthesia six days a week for two months or more. It's also completely normal for a middle aged man to share his bed with prepubescent boys. Nothing wrong at all, I mean what could happen?

1316 days ago
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