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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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31.

Dose Of Reality    

Why are they using a still from the "Alien Autopsy" show?

1069 days ago
32.

robertpaulson    

@ellenviola-You must have known MJ really well? Best friends? You dont know ****. All I know is that if he didnt molest any children, why settle out of court? You better believe that if I was accused and knew I was innocent of something like that, I would settle anything. He was a piece of dog ****, child molestor, drug abuser, and overrall lunatic. Know 50yr old man acts the way he does and claims its "b/c i didnt have a childhood". You know how many kids had worse upbringings than him? Do you? MILLIONS, and no1 has ever acted like a retarded ten year old boy when they were 50. MJ was a great singer and dancer, but thats it. He didnt change the world. Matt Damon has done more for this world in 6 months than MJ did in 50 years. RIP piece of ****!

1069 days ago
33.

juan lopez    

oh my goodness. if that is the picture at the hospital, that is fake because media said he was dead when he got there.

if that is a picture of MJ, then thats not the same type from the fake pic plastered on all the mags!

if that is MJ, and he is dead, he should be covered up, not with tubes hanging out his face!

plus, he looks very small from his torso on down. where are his long legs?

LOL! oh my goodness! its fake, people!!!!

1069 days ago
34.

cindy    

If that is really a pic. of MJ. That is so sad. Just to see him like that. Hopefully he is now resting in peace.

1069 days ago
35.

Mikey    

MJ be white as a ghost.


Murray was running around screaming - This House Sure Gone Crazy!!

1069 days ago
36.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

How come the corpse dummy has a nose? Everybody knows that MJ's nose fell off in the hospital.

1069 days ago
37.

ElJay    

There is a video that shows what really happened on MJ's last day and what Dr. Murray was doing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnlOE7ve5qs

1069 days ago
38.

Rogue Warrior    

What up all you emotionally illiterate, Nancy Disgrace following, irrational, rode wet, mental midgets? FYI, MJ was a drug addicted pedophile who suffered from an identity crisis and took it upon himself to OD!
On the other hand, Dr. Murray is a good man who did the world a favor. Just imagine if any other average Joe had little boys over to his house for sleep overs in his bed and at the entrance of the room there were cameras to alert this average Joe of intruders. Yeah, average Joe would be in prison after getting thoroughly trashed by Nancy Disgrace and her followers.
A grown man has a secret compartment in his room along with security cameras outside his room to alert him of intruders. You have to be one emotional douchebag or douchebagette to think his sleep overs were "innocent"!!
Thank s Again for carrying out justice Dr. Murray, hang in there because you’ll be found NOT GUILTY,, NOT GUILTY, NOT GUILTY!

1069 days ago
39.

Where's KOOKY?    

This defense attorney is reaaaally weak. Wow...mumbling and stumbling his way through his opening statement? He's the best Murray could buy? He's sedating me just with his droning....

1069 days ago
40.

MariJoy    

It all boils down to this:

The WRONG kind of doctor (Cardiologist) gave the WRONG Drug
(Propofol) Under the WRONG conditions (not in a hospital or other health-care setting) for the WRONG reason (Propofol is NEVER INDICATED for insomnia!!)
Kind of spells it out, doesn't it?
What more do we need to know?!

1069 days ago
41.

Michel    

Greed kills. So do drugs. There are only losers in this case.

1069 days ago
42.

HumanNature    

PROSECUTION PUT ON A POWERFUL AND COMPELLING OPENING STATEMENT!!!!


JUSTICE 4 MJ

1069 days ago
43.

Different Rules Apply    

Administering anesthesia on a regular basis (nightly) to a person should be in and of itself a crime.

1069 days ago
44.

MJFAN    

JUSTICE FOR MJ!!!!!!

1069 days ago
45.

TheUltraworld    

This guy was beyond loaded. Yet this Dr who was living in the house had no idea MJ was all drugged up? And in this state MJ was able to shoot himself up with propofol?

1069 days ago
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