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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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16.

moxie    

Why isn't Michael Jackson on trial here? The onus was on Michael Jackson to not be a junkie, to be his own advocate, to make good decisions for himself. He failed and paid the ultimate price.

1059 days ago
17.

meee    

TMZ: How about a WARNING before Michael's photo???? thanks

1059 days ago
18.

Where's KOOKY?    

Thanks TMZ for streaming the live video from the courtroom. I don't get Court TV and was really looking forward to the trial. I'm surprised the prosecution's opening statement was so long and covered so much territory...well over an hour! Is this standard practice? If someone could address this today on the webcast, I'd appreciate it. One more thing: a major point was made this morning, that MJ was hooked up to a urine catheter. Murray has stated before that it's possible MJ got up (while Murray was out of the room) and injected himself with more drugs. How does one do that while hooked up to a urine catheter? This should be a really fascinating trial and I hope in the end, Murray gets what he deserves. I was sickened by the "inventory" of the drugs ordered and then shipped to his girlfriend's house. That alone proves that Murray knew in advance what he was doing was totally illegal and downright wrong. How this guy ever kept his medical license is the real mystery here! And it broke my heart to hear MJ's voice...so weak and disoriented. Yes, MJ was responsible as well for his acute addiction, but he was totally taken advantage of by Murray the Murderer!!

1059 days ago
19.

Ness    

BURN THE HATERS! JAIL MURRAY! PRAISED HARVEY! LOVE MICHAEL JACKSON!

1059 days ago
20.

okerry    

It's been established that Murray was giving Michael Jackson a lot of stuff to get him to sleep. Murray must have also been giving MJ whatever he needed to get MJ up and moving for the rehearsals, too. I want to hear more about that - the up/down cycle that happened to other stars like Judy Garland and Elvis - because it looked like MJ got to the point that he was always "up" and could not be brought back down.

1059 days ago
21.

stef    

Because you were there, Samantha? Not one person has stated Murray went to pee...he was on the phone with his GF. Do you not grasp the fact that Murray was a doctor who took at oath to 'do no harm', however pumping MJ full of Propofol, a drug he was NOT trained to administer was wrong? Hell, I'm not even a fan of MJ and while I DO believe he was a drug addict, Murray and only Murray is responsible for agreeing to give MJ this drug that ultimately killed him. He even had it sent to his GF's house which is illegal.

1059 days ago
23.

Brigha from UK    

I cannot believe that they used this picture for effect. Only in America.
Where is the respect for the victim?
For God sake - his family are in that courtroom.
Now his children have to live with the thought of this photo popping up all over the place.

I've come to the conclusion that the majority of Americans have no taste, are extremely stupid and overwhelmingly judgemental. If I could give the Jackson family any advice, it would be to leave the US and come over here.

(I know there are some decent Americans, but at the moment you seem few and far between).

1059 days ago
24.

Jennifer    

When there was still a chance for Michael, Murray hid the truth. He knew that the information he was with-holding both at Michael's house and the hospital could have been life saving. Yes, he abandoned Michael when he should have been at his or any other patients side and left him to die. But he still could have told the truth and just maybe all of us would be commenting about the great showmanship of Michael's new concerts instead of how he died. I hope Murray burns in hell.

1059 days ago
25.

ElisabethIsDisgusting    

Wow. Is that recording really Michael? Obviously he was drugged but that proves that his voice was totally put on, NOT the breathy little boy voice. The man was always performing.

1059 days ago
26.

Tammy    

MJ was a junkie and Conrad was his supplier. There was no trust there beyoud giving money and receiving drugs.

1059 days ago
27.

LadyD    

Thanks, Phantom. I love this song "Fall Again" and video pics of Michael. Very romantic. Thanks.

1059 days ago
28.

Vicky    

You are all sick!! Father or not he was his dad!!! famous or not a man is dead. Get a grip and pray that justice is done.

1059 days ago
29.

Aaron    

WTF is wrong with you people calling him a pedophile,he is ******* dead.He is responsible for his death and as well as Conrad Murray.Michael should have been in rehab a long time ago if he had a drug addiction like they say.And you can't say he was a pedophile because he was setup, and it was not proven that he was one.Because the fbi files show nothing that said he was guilty about any child molestation.If you can say MJ was a pedophile you might as well add Elvis"Lost” actor Doug Hutchison,that married a 16 yr old,and R.kelly.

1059 days ago
30.

LadyD    

Prayers for the Jackson family and Michael's children. May their bond of love give them strength and keep them united.

1059 days ago
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