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People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray

Defense Calls Its First Witnesses

10/25/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team came out swinging today with their first string of witnesses -- including two LAPD detectives, a doctor who treated MJ for 15 years, and one of MJ's nurses.

Detectives Dan Myers and Orlando Martinez told the jury ... MJ's bodyguard Alberto Alvarez never mentioned anything about Propofol until two months after Michael Jackson died -- suggesting Alvarez may not have his story straight.

You may recall -- Alvarez testified in the first week of the trial ... Murray ordered him to stash vials of Propofol in a bag before asking him to call 911.

Murray's lawyers then questioned Dr. Allan Metzger -- who claimed the singer had been struggling with sleeping problems for 15 years, and begged him for IV drugs as early as April 2009.

A nurse practitioner who treated Michael Jackson in 2009 broke down in tears when she told the court she begged the singer not to take Propofol.

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Cherylin Lee -- who continued her testimony from Monday -- said she warned Jackson time and time again the drug could kill him.

In a dramatic moment, Prosecutor David Walgren read from Lee's medical records, where she told the singer,  "I understand you want a good night sleep, you want to be knocked out, but what if you don't wake up?"

Lee told the jury she had no idea what Propofol was at first ... but after doing some research, she realized this was not a drug she was comfortable administering. She told Jackson "nobody who cared or had you best interest at heart is going to give you this."

Lee claims Jackson assured her it was safe as long as he was monitored.

According to Lee, Jackson eventually became frustrated with her holistic remedies -- which included teas and vitamin infusions -- and stopped calling her. 

The last time she heard from the singer was on June 21, when his bodyguard frantically called to tell her Jackson wasn't feeling well. She said she could hear Jackson shouting in the background, "Tell her what's happening with me... half of my body is hot and the other half is cold." She said she told the bodyguard to take MJ to the hospital immediately.

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EarthAngel    

Am wondering if MS Lee pilfered some of MJ's meds while she was charting! She scans them like it was the firt time she had seen the chart! LOLOL

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EarthAngel    

And Dr Metzger was "starstruck" or incredibly co-dependent! He does look very relieved that he never went as far as Murray tho...

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patty    

well if that was the defense swinging - murray is doomed - accept for an ineffective counsel appeal

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magentapyramid    

I am also wondering about Ms. Lee's behaviour while on the stand. Extremely nervous, distracted, forgetful, confused...... I am looking forward to hearing the rest of her testimony. She may have something interesting (and perhaps not entirely in her favour?) to disclose.

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HumanNature    

Did anyone notice toward the end of the day when Judge Pastor call the lawyers to sidebar, Ms. Lee rolled her eyes at the "LIAR" and he in turn stared negatively toward her???

908 days ago
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MiMi    


The defense came out swinging?????


ROFL

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HumanNature    

Dr. Conrad Murray's Defense Team Implodes!


As Dr. Conrad Murray's defense is about to present its case in the Michael Jackson death trial, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that the embattled cardiologist's lawyers are fighting with each other!

Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray's lead attorney, is from Houston, Texas, and had been staying with another member of the defense team, Michael Flanagan, to save his client money. But he moved out from Flanagan's posh digs in San Marino, a week and a hal****o.

PHOTOS: Key Players In The Trial Of Dr. Conrad Murray

"Ed didn't like the way Michael was handling the prosecution witnesses. Ed felt that Michael was too abrasive and caustic with his questioning, and that Michael allowed witnesses to clarify points that only helped the prosecution's case. Things were getting very tense, and he's moved into a hotel in Santa Monica," a source close to Dr. Murray tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.

Courtroom onlookers were stunned when Chernoff decided that he was going to be handling the questioning of the DA's Propofol witness, Dr. Steven Shafer.

"Flanagan had prepared for approximately four months to cross examine Dr. Shafer," the insider tells RadarOnline.com. "Michael was thoroughly prepared, and ready to attempt to poke holes into what Dr. Shafer had already told the jury on direct examination.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Inside Michael Jackson's Mansion On The Day Of His Death

"When Ed told Michael that he would be handling Dr. Shafer, he felt like the rug was pulled out from under him. There is nothing Michael can do about it because Ed is the lead attorney. Michael was specifically brought on board to handle the medical aspects of the case, along with the witnesses. Ed and Michael are barely talking to each other right now. Michael has essentially been frozen out for the time being."

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Judge Michael Pastor ordered Dr. White to appear on November 16, 2011 to determine if he was in contempt of court for calling Deputy District Attorney David Walgren a "s***bag" during a TV interview.

"Chernoff was LIVID that Dr. White made those comments to the press, but his entire case essentially rests with him. Flanagan is still under the assumption that he will be handling questioning of Dr. White, but Ed could very likely commandeer the questioning of him also. Nareg Gourjian, the third lawyer on the team, is just keeping his head down, and staying out of the drama. Nareg will question several of the defense witnesses," the source states.


http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/10/conrad-murray-defense-team-implodes


That "INCOMPETENT" lawyer tactic is not going to work on appeal but it's absolutely "FABULOUS" to see the defense arguing among themselves.


THIS "QUACK" DEFENSE NEVER, NEVER AND I MEAN NEVER HAD A DEFENSE!!!


ROTFLMAO

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patty    

how does it help murray when other medical proffs. say mj asked for propofol and they refused cuz it was so irresponsible???

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mj fan forever    

ALWAYS THE SAME CRAP THAT ALVAREZ MENTIONED PROPOFOL AFTER 2 MONTHS MURDERER'S TEAM OF LOSERS CAN'T SAY ANYTHING MORE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED THAT MURDERER MADE CALL 911 LATE!!!AND DR METZGER SAID MANY LIES ABOUT THE FACT THAT MICHAEL WAS EXCITED FIRST AND THEN SAID HE FELT EVERYTHING LIKE AN OBLIGATION HE CLEARLY MADE AN AGREEMENT WITH MURDERER'S TEAM OF LOSERS AND EVEN IF HE TOLD MICHAEL ABOUT RISKS IT'S CLEAR THAT MICHAEL THOUGHT THAT WAS THE SOLUTION AND HE DID NOT WANT PROPOFOL SPECIFICALLY HE JUST WANTED TO SLEEP NORMALLY SO EVEN IF MICHAEL ASKED LEE FOR PROPOFOL IT MEANS THAT HE THOUGHT IT WAS THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR HIM AS NOTHING WORKED- MURDERER WAS UNFORTUNATELY HIS DOCTOR AND HE COULD AND HAD TO MAKE HIM OPPORTUNELY AWARE ABOUT THE RISK FOR LIFE BY USING PROPOFOL TO SLEEP BUT HE DID NOT DO HUNGRY-MONEY AS MURDERER IS AS WELL AS A BIG CLUELESS!!!! AT THE END SO FAR NO ONE FELT TO DIRTY THE OWN FACE FOR MURDERER SAYING IT IS SO NORMAL ADMINISTER PROPOFOL IN HOME SETTING AND ABANDONING THE PATIENT SO CONVICT MURDERER REVOKE HIS DAMNED LICENSE FOREVER LET HIM ROT IN A DAMNED CELL AND BURN IN HELL DEFINETELY!!!!! JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!!!

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LadyD    

Prayers for Michael's children, the Jackson family and extended family members. Stay strong and united with your bond of love. Much love to all.

908 days ago
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LadyD    

Thanks, Phantom. Video of Motown Legends and icons is a true pleasure and the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back" is a timeless treasure. Michael took us to a place of Romantic Enchantment in "Remember The Time." This short film will always be remembered as a classic with his smooth moves and HOT looks. Thanks Again, Phantom of the Opera.

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Dose Of Reality    

Lee's testimony is an indicator that MJ was asking for drugs. It is not uncommon for a 50 year old man to wake up after 5 hours of sleep especially if they have an IV in their arm.

Like I said before, other people working in that house should have seen the signs of impending disaster as far as MJ's health and said something about it. People say that MJ was healthy. Healthy people don't get hooked up to oxygen and IVs on a routine basis. Usage of IV for hydration and vitamin intake is not normal for a healthy person and can be an indicator of his dependance on medical procedures.

While Murray's actions on that night ultimately killed him, people were failing MJ at every turn. The doctor was chosen and paid to do what he did. It's wrong but true. MJ couldn't have been ignorant to what was being done to him for so long.

908 days ago
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Tam    

I think Ms. Lee has something to hide. Yesterday she got on the stand unprepared, and they had to stop everything to retrieve her bag so she could get her notes. Then they had to stop by the bailiff got her a cup of water. Today, she says she is not feeling well. What are you hiding, lady?

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