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Michael Jackson's Son Prince

I'll Testify ...

With Strings Attached

9/27/2011 2:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Michael Jackson
's eldest son Prince -- an eyewitness to the horrific scene in the bedroom where his father lost his life -- does not want to testify in the Conrad Murray trial, but he's telling family he'll do what needs to be done to get justice for his departed dad.

Sources close to Prince tell TMZ ... the 14-year-old is "nervous" and worried that if he's called to the stand he might get flustered and "mess up." 

We're told if Prince is called by prosecutors ... Katherine will ask her lawyers to request that the entire courtroom be cleared during his testimony.  Judge Michael Pastor almost certainly will prohibit the media from training a camera on Prince, but it's unlikely he'll clear the courtroom.

As we previously reported, Prince is on the prosecution's witness list, since Dr. Murray summoned Prince to the bedroom for help during the emergency.  When Prince arrived, he dissolved into tears.

The trial starts today.  We'll be livestreaming opening statements.

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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Opening Statements


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

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

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* 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.
* 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.


People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Defense Claims

Michael Jackson Killed Himself


Ed Chernoff -- Defense Attorney's Opening Statement
Updated 9/27/11 at 11:00 AM

Dr. Conrad Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury Michael Jackson caused his own death.



* Chernoff says the evidence will show MJ swallowed 8, 2 mg pills of Lorazepam.
* And Chernoff says MJ self-injected a dose or Propofol that created a "perfect storm" that killed him.
* There was no way to save MJ.  He died instantly.
* Chernoff told the jury what TMZ has reported for the last year -- that the centerpiece of the defense case is that Michael's death is on Michael -- not Dr. Murray.
* Chernoff also said MJ "had a problem" that no amount of determination could overcome, even with his talent, and without help he could not do the "This Is It" tour -- a tour that would score him more money than he had ever made on tour before.
* So, Chernoff says, Michael went doctor shopping.
* Dr. Murray is not a "celebrity doctor" -- he's a cardiologist who saves lives.
* The defense will put some of Dr. Murray's patients on the stand to show his level of care.  He would buy prescriptions for people who couldn't afford it and would generally go well above the standard of care expected of a doctor -- which contradicts prosecutors who call him greedy and reckless.  Murray seemed to tear up as he listened to Chernoff.

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* Murray treated MJ for several problems, including toe fungus and a broken foot.
* Chernoff said Murray had no idea at the time that MJ had a much deeper problem
* MJ didn't have insomnia -- he had "an absolute, total and thorough inability to sleep."
* When Murray met with detectives 2 days after MJ's death, he thoroughly answered every question.  It was no holds barred and they hid nothing.  Chernoff said Murray told cops, "I don't know what killed Michael Jackson.  I want to know also."
* Michael Jackson told Murray the only way he could sleep was with Propofol and he always took Propofol.  MJ told Murray exactly how it was to be administered.  He even had a nickname for the drug -- milk.  MJ knew Lidocaine was essential in administering Propofol to prevent a burning sensation.
* MJ told Murray he would use Propofol with or without Murray, so Murray then agreed to provide Propofol.
* Dr. Murray provided Propofol for 2 months for MJ, and during that time the singer slept, woke up, and lived his life -- suggesting it wasn't negligent to administer the drug.
* The evidence is going to show is that Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray stopped.  Murray told cops he believed his role was to find a way to help MJ sleep normally, urging him to get off Propofol.
* In other words, Murray was trying to ween MJ off Propofol and give him other, more traditional sedatives.  And, on June 22, 3 days before MJ died, Michael agreed to let Murray to try to get him off Propofol. And on that day Murray gave MJ half the Propofol he had been giving him.  And it worked. MJ slept.
* On June 23, Murray gave MJ NO Propofol at all, giving him other drugs instead.  And, on the day MJ died, the plan was not to give Propofol.  It was to go to other sedatives.  That's why in the recording,MJ pleads for the Propofol.  That's why Murray gave him other drugs instead during the night. 
* Chernoff says MJ had certain "personality traits."   He kept various people in life separate from one another. 
* Chernoff will present an addiction specialist, who will testify DR. ARNOLD KLEIN ADDICTED MICHAEL JACKSON TO DEMEROL.
* Things were so serious 5 days before Michael Jackson died, reps from AEG and others had a meeting at MJ's house and talked about "pulling the plug" on the tour.  And subsequently MJ made it clear to Murray -- he needed to sleep or the tour would go down in flames.
* Chernoff insists Murray only gave MJ 25 milligrams of Propofol just before MJ died -- and that is not enough to kill him.  Chernoff says MJ went to sleep, and Murray checked his pulse -- which was good.
Murray then sat and watched and left the room "only when I felt comfortable."  This may be the key to the case -- did Murray abandon MJ by leaving the room?
*  Chernoff says when Murray left the room "there was zero Propofol in his [Michael's] system."  Of course, what Chernoff is arguing is that Michael then shot himself up with the fatal dose.
* Chernoff came back from break the defense will show the amounts that Dr. Murray's death could not cause Michael's death.
* The science will prove there had to be more Propofol delivered to MJ's system after Dr. Murray left the room.
*The defense says MJ's stomach content had 4 times the amount of Lorazepam than in his blood, which means Michael would had to swallow the drug himself, after Murray left the room.




Conrad Murray Trial

YOU BE THE JUDGE!


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You heard the opening statements -- now as the testimony fires up, we gotta ask ...



Dr. Conrad Murray

Arrives at Court


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It begins ... Dr. Conrad Murray just rolled up to the L.A. criminal courthouse with his massive entourage, looking sedate in a gray pinstripe suit.

Katherine, Joe, and Jermaine Jackson arrived moments later. All that's missing is a red carpet.

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Opening statements kick off around 8:30 AM.


230 COMMENTS

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76.

Jerry    

I think "DR" Murray is an incompetant boob. Why did he try to hide the propofol when the paramedics arrived if he didn't think there was anything wrong with it? Why did he lie to them AND the emergency room doctors when asked what drugs he had taken? This 'DOC' botched his treatment of MJ bigtime. And he gave CPR "on the bed?" Any boob knows you have to administer CPR on a hard surface not on a soft bed. What medical school did this dumbass graduate from? I hope he is found guilty , stripped of his medical license and does some prison time. What an incopetant BOOB!!!!

1031 days ago
77.

DeDee    

It makes no sense at all for Conrad to kill Michael accident or not. He was Conrad meal ticket.
It was well publicized that Michael would self medicate. I think the Jackson’s, needed someone to blame and the picked Conrad , rather than face the sad truth. Conrad was one closet to Michael at the time.

1031 days ago
78.

Ed    

Whoevers kid this is, I see he inherited his "Dad's" costumes. Good job.
How about putting the Jackson family and handlers on trial for letting Michael be an out of control junkie? Donmt blame the Dr. for doing what they requested him to do.

1031 days ago
79.

CASSA MERRITT    

I THINK THAT IT IS AWFUL, THE WAY THINGS ARE BEING HANDLE AND MICHEAL PRINCE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE PUT ON THE STAND. THE CRIME HAS BEEN DONE NEGLIGENCE HAS BEEN PROVEN. ON THE DR.'S BEHALF. THERE IS NO IF AND BUTT'S ABOUT IT. THE FAMILY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE PEACE OF MIND THAT JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED FOR THE DEATH OF THEIR SON. MAY THE FAMILY BE BLESSED AND PROSPER FROM THIS DAY FORTH. MY PRAYER'S ARE WITH YOU ALL. SINCERELY BLESSINGS TO THE JACKSON FAMILY !!

1031 days ago
80.

chrissy    

you people are so mean how can you say that about the kids MJ was there Dad in every way that counted and nobody will ever know what happened only MJ and the dr will know.

1031 days ago
81.

sherri    

Lets look at the facts:
Fact #1 - MJ is dead
Fact #2 - Prince lost the only father he will ever know.
Fact #3 - Dr. Murray went against protocol and provided the drugs that killed MJ outside of a hospital without lifesaving equipment or another trained person to help MJ.
Dr. Murray should have his license revoked and be prevented from ever harming another patient.
God Rest MJ's soul and bring peace to his kids and family.

1031 days ago
82.

Gabe    

Yo JOE, that is No way to say about Jackson! You crazy! "Family on the spotlight",they're already on the spotlight. They were already on the spotlight.

1031 days ago
83.

NAway    

Jackson had been an addict for years, hiding it behind the sunglasses, hair and hats. Jackson is responsible for his own death as he ultimately surrendered his total care to Dr. Murray, allowing Dr. Murray to make decisions in regard to his health. Now Jackson's family steps forward to once again use Michael, now in death, to gain monatarily as they did when he was alive. Let Michael rest in peace. No wonder the poor man couldn't sleep!!!

1031 days ago
84.

erin    

mj was a disgusting child molester the world doesn't need people like that in it

1031 days ago
85.

Tom S    

What does it matter who is the real father. As far as Prince's heart is concerned it was Michael. If you remember his children at Michael's funeral, they were devastated. They do not in anyway appear brats or spoiled. From my vantage point his children are good children. Michael and much of the family seem strange, but at least Katherine has the children and I think that is a blessing. May she live long and be healthy. As for his being nervous about testifying, try and remember what it must be like to be 14 years old (and in this position). It must be very scarey.

1031 days ago
86.

Spyder    

Leave the kids out of this stuff! And please let MJ die! Enuff already, we have more important things to fret over! War, jobs, economy! We all need more junk in our lives! Geeeez

1031 days ago
87.

EFB28    

All in all it was both their mistake. MJ needed sleep and asked for help. He even looked for someone to give it to him. Buying Murray. Murray knew he had a problem and there was no intervention and kept giving "milk" to him. Murray should have kept a daily journal/log of the drugs, dosage and when they were adminstrated. Only thing that worried people was the money that was to be made in the tour. Greed somehow always wins. What does it really matter if the kids are his or not. MJ loved them and provided for them and they loved MJ, that is a parent. Putting the KID on the stand for what? He is a child, the defense will tear him up.

1031 days ago
88.

victory    

This whole drama revolving around the death of Michael Jackson is real simple. Michael was an addict and the last decade of his life, he became a paranoid freak. It took one Dr. to agree to what his proposition was, give me all the meds I need, that's the culpability of Dr. Murray. Yes, there should be some sort of punishment, the excessive drama is due to the infamous once superstar. What's a drag is that we have to hear & see every blow by blow for how many weeks. I'll pass.

1031 days ago
89.

Ernest De Brew    

yep, you have to do what you don't want to do in order to get what you want.

Michael left some smart kids. There are some parents who don't.

1031 days ago
90.

basketpam    

Kid sounds pretty smart to me. He KNOWS what a 3-ring circus will be made of EVERY word he says. If media isn't allowed in there during the trial you can be sure they would swamp anyone who is until they found out what was said. I think I'd want the courtroom emptied also except for the defendant and the lawyers and jury.

1031 days ago
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