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Murray's comments 'did not add up'

The doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death never revealed that he had given the singer a powerful anaesthetic, a paramedic told a jury hearing the doctor's involuntary manslaughter case.

Paramedic Richard Senneff said Dr Conrad Murray told him that he had only given Jackson the sedative lorazepam, and Murray had initially said Jackson was not suffering from any condition.

Murray eventually told medics that he was treating the singer for exhaustion and dehydration, Mr Senneff said. The doctor did not mention that he had been giving Jackson the surgical anaesthetic propofol to help the singer sleep.

Murray appeared frantic when the paramedic arrived in the bedroom on the day of Jackson's death in June 2009, Mr Senneff said. He had to ask Murray three times about what condition Jackson had before the doctor answered. "He said, 'Nothing. He has nothing'," Mr Senneff said. "Simply, that did not add up to me."

The veteran paramedic said Jackson was cool to the touch, his eyes were open and dry and he had an IV line attached to his leg. Mr Senneff was one of four paramedics who worked to try to revive Jackson.

Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical licence.

Prosecutors contend the Houston-based cardiologist repeatedly lied to medics and emergency room doctors about medications he had been giving Jackson in the singer's bedroom. Authorities contend Murray administered a fatal dose of propofol and other sedatives. Murray's lawyers claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose after his doctor left the room.

Emergency room personnel at a nearby hospital advised Mr Senneff to declare Jackson dead in his bedroom, but the singer was transported because Murray wanted life-saving efforts to continue.

Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the trial told the lead defence lawyer that he found an interview done with his law partner shocking. Superior Court judge Michael Pastor told lawyers he watched the interview during a break with his mouth open because lawyer Matt Alford is identified as a member of Murray's defence team and criticised a key prosecution witness.

Mr Alford, a partner of Murray's lead defence lawyer Ed Chernoff, was interviewed outside the Los Angeles court by The Today Show. Court transcripts show prosecutors complained that it violated a previous order that both sides refrain from discussing the case publicly. Judge Pastor ordered Mr Alford to appear in his court on November 15 for a contempt hearing.


From Belfast Telegraph