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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Opening Statements

9/27/2011 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David Walgren -- Prosecutor's Opening Statement
Updated 9/27/11 at 9:35 AM

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Prosecutor David Walgren delivered an opening statement, using a graphic of what appears to be Michael Jackson's body on a gurney.

* Michael Jackson trusted his life to the medical skills of Dr. Murray and it was "misplaced trust"
* The cause of death was an overdose of Propofol, administered by Dr. Murray
* We will prove Conrad Murray repeatedly acted with gross negligence and incompetence
* Walgren explained that Murray would obtain $150,000 a month, not the $5 million Murray demanded for the duration of the "This is It" tour.
* Murray made arrangements with a pharmacy to purchase very large quantities of Propofol on a regular basis
* Murray lied to the pharmacist by saying he had a clinic in Santa Monica when he did not
* On May 10, 2009, Murray made a voice recording on his iPhone ... the recording documents MJ highly under the influence of "unknown agents" with Murray sitting there.  It shows Murray knew Michael's state and what he was doing to the singer




* In the weeks before MJ died, he was cold, shivering, rambling but Murray kept giving him Propofol, and Kenny Ortega will testify MJ was clearly not well
* A meeting was held at Michael's house on May 20, 2009,  MJ died, with Kenny Ortega, Murray, MJ and others.  Murray scolded Ortega for expressing concerns about his health, saying he was the doctor, adding, "Michael is physically and emotionally fine.  I am the doctor."
* On the day MJ died, at 1 AM, MJ came home from rehearsal and Murray spent the night at the house -- as he did every night for the prior 2 1/2 months -- for the purpose of putting him to sleep with Propofol.

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* Walgren acknowledged what TMZ has been reporting almost from the beginning ... that Michael died in his bed -- that he was clinically dead when paramedics arrived.
* Murray was texting and making phone calls while he sat by MJ.  He made 8 phone calls, the last at 11:51 to a girlfriend, and that's when Murray realized there was an emergency.
* Murray calls bodyguard Alberto Alvarez and says Michael Jackson had a "bad reaction."
* Murray instructs Alvarez to essentially hide the evidence in a blue bag ... putting, among other things, the Propofol bottle that was hanging on the IV stand -- Walgren is implying that's the bottle that had the fatal dose
* 911 was called at 12:20.  And, Walgren says, when paramedics arrived, MJ was dead
* Murray never told the EMTs he gave MJ Propofol, even though they asked what drugs Murray had administered
* Paramedics pronounced MJ dead, but Murray insisted he be transported to UCLA
* UCLA doctors asked Murray what drugs had he given MJ, but Murray never mentioned Propofol
* Two days after MJ's death, Murray met with LAPD detectives, and disclosed he was giving MJ nightly doses of Propofol everyday for more than 2 months to put him to sleep. This is the first time Murray fessed up.
* MJ told Murray at around 5 AM that he needed to sleep and they agreed Propofol was the answer.  Murray said he gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol, but that would only put him to sleep for minutes.  Prosecutors say much more Propofol was administered.



* Murray explained to cops he went to the bathroom to urinate, came back 2 minutes later to discover MJ wasn't breathing.  Prosecutors says that is called "ABANDONMENT," leaving a patient unattended is medical abandonment. 
* The prosecutor says Murray was on the phone for 45 minutes after giving MJ Propofol
* Conrad Murray acted with gross negligence and was not acting in MJ's best interests ... he was working for $150,000 a month.
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Ace    

The worst he gets is 4 years....why even have a trial?

1120 days ago
2.

RonBurgundy    

Dead Pedophile!

Murray deserves a plaque.

1120 days ago
3.

Rick    

Is that a actual corpes picture of MJ in the background ?

1120 days ago
4.

ellenviola    

you couldnt have an affect on one person in your lifetime, the way michael jackson affecting people all over the world in one hour....he was and is an angel..he never molested any children, and he is right about letting children share your bed...children want love, support and to be made to feel important....not thrown aside, and never acknowledged....people treat their dogs better than children......he was a very gentle, loveing kind person, who cared about the children in this world....and that is what the truth is.

1120 days ago
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celebeverything    

Murray is like the ultimate example of one of the pill doctor to the celebrities, that supply them with all kinds of prescription drugs. He knew very well what he was doing!
BTW, if you get a chance, please come visit my new celeb blog http://www.celebeverything.com

1120 days ago
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annie    

I am loving this. Wacko fans still want to say he was not a drug addict. LMAO. He sounds as high as Anna Nichole did in her clown video.

1120 days ago
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MariannaBM    

God bless Conrad. God bless Michael.
I am missing the sunflower, the pink panther, the boar, the elephant and the shrunken head.
Good common sense will be questioned, challenged, dared and proven.
Go folks, you rock my socks off!

1120 days ago
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lance    

Prince jACKSON IS RETARED and/or a liar. He actually believes Jacko is his bio father. He is a really stupid kid, and no juror should believe what he says. He is not a credible witness since he is a known liar. So is Paris. They are very stupid children. How can those white children think they are black? This shows that they have very low IQs. Whatever they say should not be admissible in court.

1120 days ago
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Laurita    

how can they say MJ trusted his life to Dr Murray??? This Dr. was on payroll to keep MJ high! He was not treating him for anything and he sure as hell wasn't detoxing or rehabilitating MJ! MJ has so much money and with that came power. The power to have a dr on payroll to keep you high. Not just keep you high and give you some drugs but to hook you up to a frickin' IV to have a consistent amount of the drug in his system! WTF......does no one see that? Sure Dr Murray is no angel but how can everyone be angry at him? MJ did this to himself! He was the irresponsible drug addict that didnt think of his children when he was paying a dr to keep him hooked up to an IV to stay high while his kids were in the home. That is just sick! So sad and sick. So tragic that this wonderfully talented man that came from a disturbed upbringing died giving his own children a disturbed upbringing. There's nothing normal about knowing your dad died cuz he paid a dr to keep him high w/an IV.....

1120 days ago
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Moi    

Wtf is this recording?..

1120 days ago
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annie    

Prince jACKSON IS RETARED and/or a liar. He actually believes Jacko is his bio father. He is a really stupid kid, and no juror should believe what he says. He is not a credible witness since he is a known liar. So is Paris. They are very stupid children. How can those white children think they are black? This shows that they have very low IQs. Whatever they say should not be admissible in court.

1120 days ago
12.

tt    

Michael was a Junkie!!!!

1120 days ago
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kbbcoop    

Thats not MJ, thats Latoya

1120 days ago
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lance    

LMAO. The best "daddy in the world" was nothing but a drugged off junkie, white baby buying, skin bleaching freak. That recording of Wacko drugged up could not be funnier.

1120 days ago
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Bea    

All those who have Michael's blood on their hands should look at that pic of Michael, where he lies dead on that gurney, and feel deeply ashamed of themselves.

I had to cry when I saw him like that. I'm immensely sad and increasingly angry!

1120 days ago
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