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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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Or maybe Colonel Mustard in the bedroom with the propofol.

1386 days ago


As to the family showing up there & being allowed to trample across the house & haul bags out of there? What the hell were they thinking? Tell me they were not just there to grab up valuables. If so, that's pretty sickening.

Posted at 1:00 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by janalal4


Yes, it’s still unbelievable that it didn’t cross ANYBODY’S mind immediately that Michael Jackson could have died by unnatural causes and that Holmby Hills might be a crime scene!

As for the family: To tell the truth, I can’t blame them completely. If I was related to the most famous superstar in the world, if I knew that he has been surrounded by shady individuals throughout his entire life, that he has always been exploited and that his home was just rented – I guess I would have rushed to that house asap, too.
Just to be first – before the vultures from outside arrive…

1386 days ago


The EMT's testified that they believed he'd been dead for at least an hour. It only took them minutes to arrive at that house, therefore, Murray couldn't have called 911 promptly. I think it was because he was first yaking on the the phone, then found him(as evidenced by him dropping the phone while speaking with his girlfriend) then was trying to do CPR with one hand while cleaning up with the other. He was too busy freaking out trying to cover his ass.

I'd believe an EMT's opinion on this any day.

1386 days ago


Murray did NOT want to get back to hide any cream...He needed to get back to get rid of the propoful...
People who have nothing to hide DON'T run then show up a few days later with an Attorney.
Also he KNEW MJ was dead already...that is why it did NOT matter how he was giving CPR..He knew it wasn't going to help, just tried to make it look good in front of the bodyguard....

1386 days ago


Murray's worried about some "cream" Michael may or may not have had in his room, be he's not too worried about shooting him up with a high-risk drug? Puhleeze! Is this guy for real?

As for the other commenters who bash Michael--yes, he had a drug problem BUT Dr. Murray took his oath as a doctor and that means he should have DENIED Michael, not support his addiction. He should NOT be allowed to practice medicine and he should go to jail for involuntary manslaughter...AND for trying to cover it up.

1386 days ago


sooo i guess we are going to re hash all the evidence allll over again...
jeeezzz where do we send money for the murry defense fund

1386 days ago


I know theres probably an explanation why according to the autopsy reports Michael had the markings of his beaded knecklace he always wore. But I don't understand how that happened. He certainly wouldn't of fallen asleep that way. How in the world would his beads end up under him? Think about it. Itdoesn't really make sense.

1386 days ago

MJ is the Greatest of all    

What cream MJ did not want the world to know about? Murray is a lying s.o.b. The 2 creams MJ used for the rest of his dark spots were found and mentioned on the list of meds in the autopsy report. They are called Hydroquinone and Benoquine. It's no secret he has been using creams and make up to even out his skin. He said so in the Oprah interview in 1993. Murray must have forgotten something else very important, something that would incriminate him. Posted at 1:25 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by kathy 40


1386 days ago


Yeah as to the valuables, your right. I just assume if it's the Jax family then there must be greed at the root but I shouldn't assume that necessarily considering everyone was always looking for a piece of him. Sad when THAT is all a life comes down to. Some housekeeper or servant pilfering thru your items after you've passed. No wonder he felt so 'alone', he must have often felt like nothing but a commodity. He must have loved having his children around him; knowing they loved him only for himself.

1386 days ago


MJ had a fear that someone would murder him in his sleep. That's why he had surveillance done in his home at night. But those tapes have disappeared and will never be found.

Posted at 12:36 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by Vana

Moni, I have never been able to find out of there were other tapes and if the one during his death was the ONLY missing tape, which would be highly suspicious. Does anyone have any facts about these tapes?

Posted at 12:28 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by TSIG

Thanks for posing that question, TSIG. Vana, I've always asked myself whether the "missing tapes" story is just a rumour or based on facts. My suspicion still is that Michael didn’t want to be surveilled at all, at least not in his (or Murray’s) bedroom.

Posted at 1:06 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by moni

It's possible. If he was so sure/convinced someone was trying to kill him why wouldn't he use hidden cameras throughout the house?

1386 days ago


Who sold MJ this illegal mystery cream to begin with?

1386 days ago


Is it possible the mystery cream was actually vagisil and MJ had indeed had a sex change operation months before?

1386 days ago


Sadly, regardless of how big a star one is, they are Only a commodity, a money maker for the studio. What I want to know when the dust settles is if they will find out who Paid Murray to do it...!!!!!!!!!!

1386 days ago


Justice for Michael!!!

1386 days ago


Yeah as to the valuables, your right. I just assume if it's the Jax family then there must be greed at the root but I shouldn't assume that necessarily considering everyone was always looking for a piece of him. Sad when THAT is all a life comes down to. Some housekeeper or servant pilfering thru your items after you've passed. No wonder he felt so 'alone', he must have often felt like nothing but a commodity. He must have loved having his children around him; knowing they loved him only for himself.

Posted at 1:30 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by janalal4

I remember reading a story somewhere where a housekeeper of his had a whole roomful of his stuff that she had stole at her house. And that she was fired and sued for $25,000 by MJ. Don't know if it's true or not though.

1386 days ago
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