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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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46.

lap123    

Why have all the photos from after Mihael's death been doctored? I mean WHen was this death picture taken? Was it at the hospital or at the autopisy? Wouldn't there be more blood since they "cracked upon" his chest to revive him? Why does this picture look like it has been through photoshop and a filter was applied? Why would they use this photo over one that hasn't been doctored? Just some questions that come to mind. I hope the case against Murray is as strong as the opening statement! That was an awsome opening statement!!

1059 days ago
47.

Barbarascy    

Michael Jackson could have been the biggest dope fiend in the history being a dope fiend. That does not explain why a licensed doctor was in Jackson's home giving him a drug that is supposed to be only administered in a hospital. Sure there is the argument that if Murray hadn't done it somebody else would have. No doubt about that if the right amount of money is involved. But Dr. Murray did not have to be the guy that did the deed. He could have told Jackson to go find another pusher. He didn't and now he sitting in court on trial for involuntary manslaughter. Greed makes people do some stupid things.

1059 days ago
48.

mj fan forever    

THAT IMAGE AND THAT VOICE RECORDING DESTROY ME ALL I WANT IS MURDERER ROTS IN JAIL AND DIES IN THE MOST TERRIBLE WAY!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!! JUSTICE MUST BE DONE!!!!!!!

1059 days ago
49.

Donna Clark    

If it were only 2 minutes, he could have saved him by mouth to mouth. Profol only lasts about a minute after the infusion is stopped, and then the patient wakes up! If he stopped the infusion as soon as he stopped breathing, he could of given him a few breaths and he wouldve woke up! MJ should have been on a respirator if he was getting a proposal infusion, and a monitor for his heart rate and blood pressure because it also lowers those! He KILLED MJ!! There's no question!!

1059 days ago
50.

Karlos    

MJ IS ALIVE!!! TMZ KNOWS IT !!! THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!

1059 days ago
51.

nikki    

Im so sick of people calling MJ a PEDOPHILE, out of the thousands of children Micheal had contact with 2 that is TWO
boys (with shady backgrounds) can damage a mans rep it is sad and sick,

1059 days ago
52.

Donna Clark    

If the 'doctor' had been monitoring MJ the way a patient is supposed to be monitored while getting propofol, he never would have died that night! All if it was illegal and unethical, and this doctor deserves life in prison! Another example of a doctor thinking he's GOD!!!

1059 days ago
53.

chris mello    

mike jackson was and still is a child molester and a drug addict and tried to hide it behind his music. only person i know of that was born a poor black boy and died a rich white man

1059 days ago
54.

derc1985    

I hope Murray walks on this. Michael was a junkie and it was going to happen sooner or later. Dont blame his problem and death on an innocent person just because he was famous!

1059 days ago
55.

yahtzee    

Am i the only person that thinks Conrad Murray is innocent of murder? hes guilty of manslaughter at the most... its not like he held Jackson down and gave him drugs against his free will... Jackson paid Murray to give him drugs he knew would kill him some day... If Murray is convicted, then every drug dealer that has given drugs to a junky that resulted in a death need to be convicted of murder too but when does that ever happen?

1059 days ago
56.

sue    

I wish you would not report 24/7 about this.At least do it with some respect he has 3 children and at least 2 are on the internet and don't need to see or hear whats going on. Think of your own children would you want this going around them? *RIP MJ*

1059 days ago
57.

sandrah    

hey RonBurgundy who was a pedophile?? **** u man MJ was and is an innocent guy killed but this Murray bastard

1059 days ago
58.

daniela7979    

this pic looks like the ambulance pic!! is it a joke? wake up............

1059 days ago
59.

Kathysprings    


HumanNature: 43 minutes ago

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

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I totally agree... the opening statement was compelling.

I believe there is a chance Michael will finally get justice
with a prosecution team like this. very very good

1059 days ago
60.

E.    

Wow people are so cruel...its such a shame...be careful what you say...

1059 days ago
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