The prosecution has ended its case in the Conrad Murray preliminary hearing after 6 days of testimony.
The defense filed a motion to dismiss, which is routine. It will almost certainly be denied.
Judge Michael Pastor has taken a recess. It's virtually certain that Dr. Murray will be ordered to stand trial.
The Deputy Attorney General who represents the Medical Board of California is in the courtroom. We're told he will ask the judge to suspend Murray's license to practice medicine.
Murray Commited Homicide Even If MJ Injected Himself Updated 1/11/11 at 10:57am
doctor for the L.A. County Coroner's Office just testified ... even if
Michael Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of Propofol, Dr.
Murray is still guilty of homicide.
Dr. Christopher Rogers
testified he believes Dr. Murray had no business administering Propofol
outside a hospital setting, particularly without the appropriate medical
equipment. Rogers said given Michael's dependence on Propofol and the
fact that Murray left him alone in the room with access to the drug
constitutes a homicide.
Coroner Doesn't Believe Dr. Murray's Story Updated 1/11/11 at 10:26am
doctor for the L.A. County Coroner's Office testified he doesn't
believe Dr. Murray only gave Michael Jackson 25mg of Propofol.
Without saying Murray lied to cops during his interview two days after MJ died, Dr. Christopher Rogers testified if Murray were correct about the 25mg of Propofol, Jackson would have awakened after 3 to 5 minutes of sleep.
also testified he doesn't believe Jackson swallowed Propofol. The
defense laid the groundwork for this theory yesterday, because small
amounts of the drug were found in Jackson's stomach.
And Rogers said he believes it's inappropriate to use Propofol for insomnia and that Murray's care was "substandard."
Murray to Cops: Michael Begged Me For Propofol Updated 1/10/11 at 4:55pm
In some of the most dramatic testimony to date, an LAPD detective testified Dr. Conrad Murray told him Michael Jackson "begged" him for Propofol shortly before he died.
LAPD Robbery Homicide Detective Orlando Martinez testified about an interview he conducted with Dr. Murray two days after MJ died. Martinez said Murray told him the night before Jackson died he was having trouble sleeping. Murray said he was trying to ween Jackson off of Propofol -- a drug he was giving MJ almost every night for two months.
Murray told Martinez he was giving Jackson a variety of other drugs, beginning sometime after 1AM, to no avail. Jackson then said if he didn't get to sleep he would cancel rehearsal.
Murray said he was feeling "pressure" from MJ to give him something to help him sleep, and Jackson was begging for Propofol. Murray claims he gave him a reduced dose, with Michael's help. As TMZ has reported many times before, Murray said MJ liked to "push in the Propofol himself and that other doctors let him do it."
Murray went to the bathroom for 2 minutes, came back and claims he saw MJ wasn't breathing.
Defense: Michael Jackson Drank Propofol Updated 1/10/11 at 2:53pm
Michael Jackson may have drank himself to death by consuming a juice box laced with Propofol -- at least that's what Conrad Murray's defense team suggested in court today.
Murray's attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, was questioning a Senior Criminalist from the L.A. County Coroner's Office about the 70 grams of fluid found in MJ's stomach at the time of the autopsy ... fluid that tested positive for traces of Propofol.
Flanagan noted the presence of a juice box on MJ's nightstand ... and asked if it had been tested for Propofol ... raising the possibility that MJ was sippin' on the anesthetic shortly before he died.
The criminalist testified he had not tested the juice box.
So what's Flanagan's point? He might be suggesting that MJ was secretly self-administering his Propofol ... which would support Murray's defense theory that MJ accidentally caused his own overdose.
Dr. Murray Ordered a Boatload of Propofol for MJ Updated 1/10/11 at 12:05pm
pharmacist Dr. Murray used to order Propofol just testified the doctor
ordered box after box of the drug in the two months before Michael
Tim Lopez, a pharmacist at Applied Pharmacy Services
in Las Vegas, said beginning on April 6, 2009, Dr. Murray began
ordering large quantities of Propofol. On that date, he ordered 10
single dose vials.
Murray, who had the drugs sent to his
girlfriend's Santa Monica home where he was living, also ordered boxes
of the drug on April 28 -- 4 boxes and each of the boxes had 10 100ml
Later that month, Murray ordered 20 vials of midazolam and 20 vials of lorazepam.
On May 12, Murray ordered 4 boxes of Propofol, along with 2 trays of midazolam.
On June 10, Murray ordered 4 boxes of Propofol, and 2 20ml Propofol. In
all, Murray ordered 255 vials of Propofol in the two months --
including 130 vials of Propofol in 100ml doses and another 125 vials of
Propofol in 20ml vials. Judge: Murray's iPhone Admissible as Evidence Updated 1/10/11 at 10:35am
Judge Michael Pastor ruled this morning that recently obtained data from Dr. Conrad Murray's iPhone is admissible as evidence.
Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, referenced the items in question ... a few voicemails and 12
screenshots. He was not more specific.
Murray Lawyer Paints Picture -- Michael Killed Himself Updated 1/07/11 at 3:30pm
Conrad Murray's lawyers laid the groundwork for their defense --
Michael Jackson delivered the fatal shot of Propofol to himself.
Murray's lawyer, J. Michael Flanagan, asked Coroner investigator Elissa Fleak two questions 1) Was the IV bag fingerprinted? and 2) Was it possible for Jackson to reach the syringes from the bed?
TMZ first reported, the defense will argue that Jackson became
frustrated when he couldn't sleep that day and gave himself the fatal
shot of Propofol when Murray was out of the room.
Coroner Found A Dozen Bottles of Propofol Updated 1/07/11 at 3:10pm
investigator for the L.A. County Coroner's Office testified her office
found 12 bottles of Propofol in Michael Jackson's home.
Elissa Fleak says two bottles were in the bedroom where MJ died, and the other 10 were in a nearby closet.
One of the Propofol bottles found in the room by the nightstand was empty.
addition to the Propofol, investigators found a pharmacy full of drugs,
including lorazepam, diazepam, temazepam, trazodone, flomax,
clonazepam, tizanidine, hydrocodone, lidocaine and benoquin.
Also found ... used syringes and needles, as well as a box of unopened hypodermic needles, IV catheters and vials.
Murray's Other GF Describes Deliveries, No Mention of Propofol Updated 1/07/11 at 12:15pm
Dr. Conrad Murray's baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, testified today about multiple mystery packages Murray had sent to her Los Angeles apartment between April and June 2009.
the contents of the packages were not mentioned in court, TMZ first
reported back in October 2009 ... those packages were shipped from
Murray's pharmacy in Las Vegas and contained Propofol. Alvarez
was also one of the people that received a phone call from Dr. Murray
on the day Jackson died -- but the prosecution did not question her
about the call. Murray's team declined to cross-examine.
SMOKING GUN IN MICHAEL JACKSON'S DEATH Updated 1/07/11 at 10:35am
A girlfriend of Dr. Conrad Murray's at the time of Michael Jackson's death just established for prosecutors Murray waited around 25 minutes after noticing MJ was lifeless before calling 911.
Sade Anding -- who was in Houston the day MJ died -- testified she received a call from Murray at around 12:30 PM. It's unclear if she was referring to Pacific or Central time.
But there is only one call in the phone records from Murray to Sade, and that's at 11:51 AM PT.
says Murray was asking her how she was doing and she started talking
about her day. She spoke for a few minutes and realized Murray wasn't
on the phone anymore.
Sade then said she heard commotion, as if the phone was in his pocket, and heard "coughing and voices."
Sade estimates the entire call lasted 5 minutes.
911 call wasn't made until 12:21 PM PT, which means -- if Murray did
indeed first realize MJ was in distress at around 11:55 AM PT -- there
was a long delay in sounding the alarm.
UCLA Docs -- Michael Was DOA Updated 1/06/11 at 2:45pm
doctors from the UCLA Medical Center testified ... Michael Jackson was
dead on arrival, yet Dr. Murray told them "not to give up easily and try
to save the patient."
Dr. Richelle Cooper testified when Jackson arrived at UCLA there was "no signs of life."
Cooper added Murray was not forthcoming about the drugs administered to
MJ. Cooper says Murray copped to giving Michael lorazepam, but made
no mention of Propofol.
And this was interesting. Cooper says MJ weighed 136 lbs.
Dr. Thao Nguyen testified Dr. Murray denied giving Michael any sedatives or narcotics, other than the lorazepam. Phone Company -- Murray Called Everyone BUT 911 Updated 1/06/11 at 12:25pm
Two reps from the phone company testified in the hours surrounding the revelation that Michael Jackson was lifeless in bed, Murray was texting and calling lots of people, but never called 911.
records show Murray was sending and receiving multiple texts. Two
particularly interesting ones at 12:03 and 12:04 PM ... the person
Murray was texting was in Texas.
unclear if the texts had anything to do with the two women in Murray's
office who went to a storage facility to retrieve boxes.
Murray also sent data at 12:15 and 12:18 and another text at 12:53.
also called a number of people, including his girlfriend, Nicole
Alvarez, but the only record shows 1:08 PM. EMT: Murray Denied Giving MJ Drugs Updated 1/06/11 at 10:35am Another paramedic testified ... Dr. Conrad Murray denied giving Michael Jackson drugs as the singer lay lifeless in his bedroom.
Blount said when he walked into MJ's room Murray was sweating
profusely. Blount says Murray told EMTs he waited only one minute
before calling 911.
But another paramedic testified earlier he believed Murray waited between 20 minutes to an hour to call 911.
EMT: Murray Wouldn't Accept That Michael Was Dead Updated 1/05/11 at 4:45pm
An EMT continued testifying after a recess, stating all of the emergency workers at Michael Jackson's house knew the singer was dead, but Dr.
Murray wouldn't "call it."
Richard Senneff testified about facts that TMZ has been reporting for more than a year -- that when paramedics arrived at MJ's house, there was no sign of life and no chance of revival. Nevertheless, Senneff testified Dr. Murray claimed to feel a pulse and, as the senior medical person on scene, refused to pronounce MJ dead.
Murray ordered the EMTs to take MJ to the hospital. Senneff said the ride was "unbelievable ... like the Rose Parade. People running down the street, taking pictures,
random cars passing the ambulance. It was insane."
Once at UCLA, Senneff said Murray was "spinning ... moving around, nervous, sweating, multitasking."
On cross examination, Ed Chernoff got Senneff to admit ... Jackson's
skeletal, frail frame, along with his black/bluish feet, were signs of a
EMT Testifies MJ Already Dead ... Murray Mum on Propofol Updated 1/05/11 at 3:03pm
EMT who arrived at Michael Jackson's house 4 minutes after the 911 call
says Michael was dead when he arrived, and it looked like he had been
dead for a long time before Dr. Conrad Murray called 911.
Richard Senneff testified when he arrived at MJ's house and saw MJ, he looked like a hospice patient -- extremely frail.
says he believes Murray must have waited at least 20 minutes before
calling 911, based on the condition of the body. MJ's EKG was
And Senneff said, when he asked Murray if MJ had been
taking meds, all Murray volunteered was lorazepam (Ativan). Murray
never uttered a peep about Propofol.
Murray told Senneff Jackson had been "dehydrated." MJ Cook to Prince: "Something May be Wrong with Your Dad" Updated 1/05/11 at 2:58pm
Kai Chase, Michael Jackson's cook, testified after Michael stopped breathing, Dr. Murray came downstairs in a panic and summoned Prince ... and Chase told the boy, "Something may be wrong with your dad."
Chase says it was evident there was an emergency and the housekeepers started crying.
Chase had testified MJ was on an extremely healthy diet, dining on seared ahi tuna salad for lunch the day before he died.
She found it odd that she prepared Tuscan white bean soup for MJ and Murray the night before Jackson died, but when she came to work the next morning the soup was untouched.
MJ's Security Guard: Murray Said Hide The Bottles Updated 1/05/11 at 10:55am
Alberto Alvarez, a bodyguard who says he was MJ's Director of Logistics, testified Dr. Conrad Murray instructed him to remove bottles from Michael's bedroom -- along with an IV bag with a milky-white substance, before calling 911.
Alvarez says he walked into MJ's bedroom sometime after 12:17 PM and saw Michael laying motionless. He says Murray told him Michael had "an allergic reaction," then ordered him to collect a bag of bottles and put them in a bag.
And this is big. Alvarez says Murray then "instructed me to remove the IV bag from the IV stand."
For the record, law enforcement believes the milky-white substance in the bag was Propofol.
Alvarez says there was a second IV bag -- which we know contained saline -- and Murray told him to leave it there.
Alvarez says only after the bottles and bag were collected did Murray tell him to call 911.
UPDATE: During cross examination, Ed Chernoff, Murray's lawyer, got Alvarez to admit he never told the cops about Murray ordering him to remove the bottles. Alvarez also admitted he may sell his story.
Janet Jackson Arrives at Court Updated 1/05/11 at 9:40am
Faheem Muhammad, one of Michael Jackson's
bodyguards, just testified he was in Michael's room after Murray
noticed MJ stopped breathing. Faheem told the prosecutor, Murray was on
his knees doing compressions on MJ in a panicked state, when he turned
to Faheem and another bodyguard and asked, "Does anyone in the room know
Faheem recalled how Prince and Paris were near the room and Paris was on her hands and knees crying. The nanny took them away.
also said after Michael was pronounced dead at UCLA, Dr. Murray told
him he was hungry and wanted to leave. Faheem said he told Murray to eat
at the hospital, but Murray left.
On cross-examination, Ed Chernoff got Faheem to admit Murray spoke with MJ's family and police before leaving.
Michael Jackson's Assistant Testifies Updated 1/03/11 at 12:30pm
prosecution began to paint a picture of Dr. Conrad Murray's reckless
actions on the night MJ passed away ... by calling to the stand the
Jackson assistant Murray telephoned before he called 911.
Amir Williams testified that he received a frantic voicemail from
Murray at 12:13 PM on June 25, 2009. Williams said Murray's VM said,
"Where are you? Get here right away, hurry."
Williams says he
then called Alberto Alvarez, MJ's security guard, and asked Alvarez to
walk to the front door. Williams says he heard Murray's voice in the
background, then Alvarez hung up.
Williams said that later on at
the hospital, Murray approached him and said Michael had some cream in
his room that Murray knew MJ wouldn't want the world to know about.
Williams said he wanted someone to give him a ride back to MJ's house to
Murray's baby mama, Nicole Alvarez, was in court
today -- but ordered to return on Friday. Murray was on the phone with
Alvarez when he realized MJ was in trouble.
Kenny Ortega Testifies Updated 1/04/11 at 10:45am
MJ's producer/director for "This Is It," was the first to testify,
stating just days before MJ died, Dr. Murray was upset that Kenny sent
MJ home from rehearsal on June 19. According to Ortega ... Murray felt
only he should make such decisions.
According to Ortega ... Dr.
Murray said during the June 20 meeting at MJ's home that Michael was
"physically and emotionally fine," even though Ortega said MJ had the
chills and was not well during the failed rehearsal the day before.
The June 20 meeting at MJ's home is important for prosecutors, who claim it shows Murray did not care about MJ's health.
Ortega said June 23 and 24 were "two wonderful days of rehearsal" and
that MJ was happy and healthy. The point -- that Jackson wasn't in
distress the day before he died, and it was the Propofol that did him
Ortega testified, "He didn't look well at all. Michael was chilled and
soft-spoken ... He wasn't in the kind of condition to be at
During cross examination, Ortega denied he read Michael "the riot act" during the June 20 meeting. DA Opening Statement: MJ Already Dead Updated 1/04/11 at 10:15am
Los Angeles County Prosecutor David Walgren began to lay out the case against Dr. Conrad Murray ... saying in his opening statement that Michael Jackson was dead even before paramedics got to MJ's home.
Walgren also told Judge Michael Pastor Murray tried to conceal the fact he had administered Propofol to Jackson -- categorizing Murray's actions as and "extreme deviation from the standard of care."
said the evidence will show Murray ordered a bodyguard to help him
clean up evidence and waited at least 20 minutes before he called 911. Once Jackson was taken to the hospital, Walgren said Murray still had not told anyone about the use of Propofol, saying, "Not a word was said about Propofol to the UCLA doctors."
He also pointed out Murray performed CPR incorrectly -- with one hand on his bed, rather than a hard surface.
Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, declined to make an opening statement.
The first witness the prosecution will call is "This Is It" producer/director Kenny Ortega.