Conrad Murray 45mins on phone while Michael Jackson lay dying29-09-2011
CONRAD MURRAY spent around 45 minutes on the phone as Michael Jackson lay dying — and made a call to his girlfriend, prosecutors said yesterday.
The doctor was speaking to cocktail waitress Sade Anding when he first noticed something was wrong with Jacko. He claims to have given a 25mg dose of the anaesthetic propofol to the singer at 10.40am on June 25, 2009, the Los Angeles court heard. It was among several substances Murray, 58, gave Jacko, to help him get to sleep. But after administering the dose he made five calls — to friends and on business — as the drugs took deadly effect, the involuntary manslaughter trial was told.
A log of calls and emails revealed Murray even messaged insurers, insisting the 50-year-old star's health was fine. His first call after dosing Jacko with propofol at his home was at 11.07am, to someone called Stacey Ruggles, jurors heard. Then at 11.13am he made a 32-minute call to his Las Vegas business. At 11.26am, on another phone, he was in contact with friend Bridgette Morgan. There was a call to Robert Russell at 11.49am.
Then came a dramatic conversation at 11.51am with Sade, who Murray had met in Houston, Texas.
Five minutes into that call he is said to have found his boss dead. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren told the jury: "This 11.51am phone call is likely the time Conrad Murray first noticed Michael Jackson's lifeless body. It won't reveal to you the time of Michael Jackson's death but it may reveal to you when Conrad Murray first noticed he had died.
"Sade Anding was speaking on the phone when she realised there was no response on the other end. Conrad Murray was not communicating, he was not responding to the conversation. It sounded as though the phone had been put down and she heard a commotion. She eventually hung up and tried to get back in touch with Conrad Murray but there was no response."
The court heard that Murray then called Jacko's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, at 12.12pm. He left a message, saying: "Call me right away, please call me right away, thank you."
When Williams returned the call, Murray told him: "Get here right away. Mr Jackson had a bad reaction, he had a bad reaction."
Security guard Alberto Alvarez was then called into the house and went upstairs. He saw Michael's apparently lifeless body lying on the bed, with a catheter fitted to him. Murray, who was giving CPR with one hand, told him to grab a bag. The doctor snatched a handful of vials, stuffing them in the bag. Mr Walgren said Murray told Alvarez to grab a saline bag, which later turned out to contain propofol.
Murray told Alvarez to call an ambulance at 12.20pm. Emergency crews reached the scene at 12.26pm but Jacko was already dead.
Murray claimed to be able to feel a pulse, although none of the other medics could. He also allegedly failed to tell paramedics and hospital doctors that he had administered propofol. Jacko was pronounced dead at 2.26pm. Murray allegedly told cops he had been watching his boss but went to the bathroom and was then "stunned" to find him not breathing. He had also told paramedics he had only "been down a minute".
Mr Walgren said to the jury: "The medical experts will tell you that is abandonment. This was an extreme violation of the standard care and gross negligence. Conrad Murray was not working in the best interests of Michael Jackson. He was working for 150,000 dollars a month. He left this vulnerable man, abandoned him, to fend for himself. It violates not only standard of care, but decency from one human being to another."
Murray denies the charge. The trial continues.
By: Tene Sommer
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