Belfast Telegraph

'Daddy' scream of Jackson daughter

One of Michael Jackson's bodyguards told jurors he had barely stepped into the singer's bedroom when he heard the King of Pop's daughter scream "Daddy!".

Nearby, Jackson, 50, lay motionless in his bed, his eyes slightly open. His personal doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, was trying to revive him when he saw that Jackson's eldest children were watching, the Los Angeles court heard.

"Don't let them see their dad like this," Dr Murray said, the first of many orders that bodyguard Alberto Alvarez told the court he heeded in the moments before paramedics arrived at Jackson's home in June 2009.

What happened next - after Mr Alvarez said he ushered Jackson's eldest son and daughter from the room - is one of the key pieces of prosecutors' involuntary manslaughter case against Dr Murray, 58.

According to Mr Alvarez, Dr Murray scooped up vials of medicine from Jackson's nightstand and told the bodyguard to put them away. "He said, 'Here, put these in a bag'," Mr Alvarez said.

Mr Alvarez did so, placed an IV bag into another bag, and then said Murray told him to call for an ambulance.

On the third day of Murray's trial, prosecutors tried to show that Dr Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, delayed calling authorities and that he was intent on concealing signs that he had been giving the singer doses of the anaesthetic propofol.

If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical licence.


From Belfast Telegraph