Jackson doctor 'put vials in bag'
Published 05/01/2011 | 19:22
As Michael Jackson's lifeless body lay on a bed in his palatial mansion, a bodyguard obeyed a doctor's instructions to bag up medicine bottles and intravenous bags and shield the Jackson children from seeing their father - all before being told to call emergency services, court testimony has revealed.
Alberto Alvarez said he was the first security guard to reach Jackson's room after word came that something was wrong. He described a shocking scene.
The King of Pop was on his bed connected to an intravenous tube and a urinary catheter. His eyes and mouth were open, and Doctor Conrad Murray was leaning over him doing one-handed chest compressions to try to revive him.
Alvarez said he was "frozen" at the sight.
"I said, 'Dr. Murray, what happened?' And he said, 'He had a reaction. He had a bad reaction,'" Alvarez recalled.
The testimony came during a preliminary hearing to determine if Murray, the singer's personal physician, will be tried on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion before he died on June 25, 2009.
In other testimony, paramedic Richard Senneff, who responded to Jackson's mansion on the day he died, said Murray never mentioned he had given propofol to the singer.
Instead, the doctor said he had given Jackson lorazepam to help him sleep and indicated the pop star was being treated for dehydration, Mr Senneff testified.
The paramedic testified that Murray's responses didn't add up, because the singer looked so pale and thin that Mr Senneff thought he was a hospice patient. He said he didn't recognise Jackson until he was told who he was, and described the pop star as a gaunt figure clad in scrub-style pyjamas and a shower cap.