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Conrad Murray Trial

Key Witness Has VANISHED

9/15/2011 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Bizarre -- a pharmacist who testified he shipped MASSIVE amounts of Propofol to Dr. Conrad Murray in the weeks leading to Michael Jackson's death has disappeared without a trace, prosecutors claim.

According to prosecutors, Tim Lopez -- a former pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas -- has mysteriously moved to Thailand and cannot be found.

Prosecutors now want a judge to let them use Lopez' previous testimony from the preliminary hearing in January -- when he claimed Dr. Murray ordered several large quantities of Propofol, beginning on April 6, 2009.

Two hearings have been set for next week to decide if the testimony will be permitted.

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T-Florida    

This case needs to go away. It's obvious MJ was depressed and on the fast track to killing himself with Propofol due to his lack of sleep etc. Listen, I take a sleep aid knowing it helps me sleep, so I take it, myself. Who says MJ didn't take too much Propofol himself knowing it helped him sleep?

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Anonymous527496    

This is fishy.

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4.

nita    

Something stinks. Same pharmacy that sued MJ. If murray had so much propofol why did MJ beg the nurse for more.

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5.

LI_Mom    

Hopefully the judge will allow previous testimony from any & all witnesses who ran off &/or refuse to testify.

I wonder if prosecutors refused to give him immunity & he figured it was better to flea than to get involved in this whole mess?

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PathFinder    

Well, at least we know what the $30 mil from the estate is being used for, to bribe this guy to leaving

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7.

Pegasus    

Jermaine Jackson will be on the Joy Behar show tonight to discuss his brother Michael and Dr. Conrad Murray. Joy Behar airs at 10 pm on HLN.

1043 days ago
8.

check yourself    

This article isn't (as of yet) listed under Micheal Jackson as all other Murray articles are........ why?

Yep. Never have heard one iota of Tohme near day one, and since then DiLeo dies last week, and now this dude disappears to Thailand. Lemme guess. USA has no ability to extradite this coward pos back from Thailand to testify right?

Why WOULDN'T the judge allow this pos cowards prelim testimony to stand....?

Check first how much Tylenol you have on hand before taking answering THAT question on... just a suggestion.

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HumanNature    

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


Why is the pharmacist fleeing???????


He was not charge with anything!!!!


Look like someone paid off the pharmacist to flee!!!!


CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER IS LOOKING MIGHTY "SUSPECT AND GUILTY"!!!

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HumanNature    

Key witness against Michael Jackson's doctor is missing


Los Angeles (CNN) -- A man who testified earlier that he shipped large amounts of the surgical anesthetic propofol to Dr. Conrad Murray in the weeks before Michael Jackson's death apparently moved out of the United States and cannot be located for this month's trial, prosecutors told the judge Thursday.

The coroner ruled that Jackson died on June 25, 2009, as the result of an overdose of propofol combined with other drugs.

The judge scheduled two additional hearings for next week to decide if the prosecution can use the missing witness' previous testimony and to get a head start on the last phase of jury selection in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the pop star's doctor.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the hearings will help keep Murray's trial on track for face-to-face questioning of potential jurors September 23.

Prosecutors want to use the previous testimony of Tim Lopez, given at Murray's preliminary hearing last January, because they've been unable to contact him since he moved to Thailand. Pastor said prosecutors must show Monday that they have done everything possible to reach Lopez.

Lopez, the owner of a wholesale pharmacy in Las Vegas, testified that he shipped a total of 15 liters of propofol to Murray in the three months before Jackson's death.

A hearing Monday morning will also consider the prosecution's request to exclude the testimony of Jackson's makeup artist. The defense wants Karen Faye to repeat statements given in interviews about what she described as Jackson's ill health in the weeks before his death, as he was rehearsing for his comeback concerts.

The prosecution told the judge in a hearing Thursday that much of what Faye has said in the past is based on what she heard others say, not her own recollections.

The judge will also consider if the defense can call a Texas medical examiner to testify about his inspection of the Los Angeles County coroner's facilities and practices. Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Thursday that the man's testimony is not relevant to the Murray case.

The judge again raised questions about the prosecution's plan to present testing done on university students in Chile who voluntarily swallowed propofol, the drug the coroner said was partly responsible for Jackson's death. They must overcome defense objections that the study was never published or reviewed by other scientists.

The prosecution wants to argue that the experiments disprove the defense theory that Jackson died after he drank the drug, not from an injection given by Dr. Murray.

Pastor also scheduled a hearing for next Wednesday afternoon to begin the process of deciding which potential jurors should be dismissed "for cause." Both sides will be able to challenge jurors based on their answers given to 113 questions posed to them in writing last week.

Defense lawyer Nareg Gourjian said he received the defense copy of the 30-page questionnaire responses only Wednesday. Lawyers for both sides have only until next week to study the 145 jurors' answers to determine if the potential jurors can put aside biases and what they've heard about the singer's death to reach a fair verdict.

Lawyers will question them about their answers when they return to court September 23. The attorneys are seeking 18 Los Angeles County residents qualified to sit in judgment of Murray.

Prosecutors contend Murray, who served as Jackson's personal and full-time physician at the time, used a makeshift IV drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated standards of care and led to the pop icon's death.

If convicted on the involuntary manslaughter charge, Murray could face up to four years in prison.

Opening statements for the trial, which will be televised, are scheduled for September 27. The judge told the jury pool he expects their service will be over on or about October 28.


http://www.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/09/15/california.conrad.murray.trial/

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HumanNature    

HEY CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER DEFENSE!!!!


THE "DRUG DEALING" PHARMACIST DON'T STOP THE TRIAL!!!!


PHARMACIST TESTIMONY FROM THE GRAND JURY WILL BE ALLOWED IN!!!!

1043 days ago
12.

Ace    

Was he in Aruba?

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13.

Siggisis    

Who paid him off?
If he does not resurface, it is another indicator that Michael was indeed murdered.

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14.

Lindy    

Maybe the pharmacist did't want to be found like Peter Lopez was,Just my opinion !

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Luz    

It smells to me like someone paid this Tim Lopez a huge amount of money to disapper from the face of the US. I assume that the MJ Estate would not benefit from not having his testimony, and that they are the most interested in getting to the bottom of this situation? It smells to me like "manipulation."

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