Michael Jackson death trial: Alberto Alvarez testifies Paris cried ‘Daddy!’ — Getting slightly emotional during his direct examination this morning, Michael Jackson’s director of logistics, Alberto Alvarez said the entertainer’s daughter was right on his heels as he entered the singer’s bedroom on the day he died.
Paris Jackson stood right behind him with her brother, Prince Michael, according to Mr. Alvarez when he arrived at the bedroom upstairs.
“Daddy!” cried out Paris Jackson, the security guard said. “She screamed out, ‘Daddy!'” he said. She was looking at Mr. Jackson lying on his back in his bed; his eyes part-way open; his head, most likely by chance, was tilted in her direction. His mouth was open. An IV needle was inserted in his leg attached to a bag hung from a pole; a condom-catheter was affixed to him; and an oxygen tube was tucked into his nostrils. Dr. Conrad Murray was there, and things did not look good.
When Mr. Alvarez testified about Paris Jackson’s reaction to seeing her father this way, Janet Jackson, the singer’s sister and a recording artist as well, shook her head back and forth in the courtroom, according to Jean Casarez of HLN. Ms. Casarez reported that Ms. Jackson sat close to the jury box in the observation seats.
Mr. Alvarez testified that Dr. Murray told him to take the children away so they would not see their father in that condition. “Don’t let them see their Dad like this,” Dr. Murray said, according to Mr. Alvarez. The guard ushered the children from the area, telling them the adults would take care of things and that everything “would be ok.”
After the children were moved away, Mr. Alvarez returned to the room. He continued to follow the directions of Dr. Murray, who, he testified, was pressing Mr. Jackson’s chest with one open palm while the singer lay on the bed. The security guard said he was asked to put vials in a bag and to put that bag in another bag. He was asked to help administer CPR and then call 911. The time of the 911 call was 12:20 p.m..
Mr. Alvarez also testified that after calling 911, he and the doctor moved Mr. Jackson’s body to the floor so that he was on a hard surface. Dr. Murray performed mouth-to-mouth rescuscitation on the singer while Mr. Alvarez compressed his chest with two hands. Mr. Alvarez said he learned CPR technique some time ago as a swimmer. While they were working on Mr. Jackson’s body, he said Dr. Murray made the comment, “This is the first time I do mouth-to-mouth, but I have to; he’s my friend.” He said previously that the doctor had asked him and another Jackson aide who was there if anyone knew CPR.
The defense in cross-examination has so far tried to suggest that Mr. Alvarez may be confused on the timeline and that it was possible he was asked to call 911 before he was asked to put vials in a bag. The timing of the 911 call suggests the question of whether Dr. Murray was more concerned with hiding evidence or reviving Mr. Jackson.
Physical evidence produced in the trial Thursday morning included an IV bag and a 100 mg. bottle of propofol retrieved from the scene.
Ms. Casarez said the vibe she felt in the courtroom was that the jury “likes” Alberto Alvarez and likely found him to be credible. Katherine Jackson and Joe Jackson, the singer’s parents, she said, were “stoic” as they listened to testimony in the courtroom.
The trial continues Thursday afternoon.
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