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Jacko bodyguard 'told to move vial'

The first bodyguard to reach Michael Jackson's bedroom after the singer's doctor called for help said he was told by the doctor to hide medicine vials before calling 911.

Alberto Alvarez was giving evidence in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray in Los Angeles.

He told the jury that Murray grabbed the vials from a nightstand next to Jackson, who was still in his bed.

He said that Murray only told him Jackson had a bad reaction.

When he entered the bedroom, Mr Alvarez said he saw Jackson's eyes were open and was surprised to see that the singer was wearing a condom catheter.

Mr Alvarez testified he stowed the vials before calling 911.

Earlier he said Jackson was in good spirits at a rehearsal on the night before he died.

"He was very happy," Mr Alvarez said. "I do recall he was in very good spirits."

He is the sixth witness to testify in Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, which is in its third day. Murray denies the charge.


From Belfast Telegraph