Los Angeles, Calif. – Las Vegas pharmacist Tim Lopez testified at Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial Tuesday that he shipped large amounts of propofol to the physician just months prior to the death of Michael Jackson.
Lopez said he believed the drug was going to be used for patients at a Los Angeles clinic run by Murray – who in actuality had no such facility in the area.
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According to Lopez, he was contacted at Applied Pharmacy Services in April 2009 by Murray.
Lopez testified, “He asked me specifically to find pricing and availability of propofol and normal saline IV bags.”
The pharmacist detailed a number of orders placed by Murray between April and June, including 255 vials of propofol, which amounted to several gallons of the powerful anesthetic, along with other medications, such as skin-whitening cream.
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Lopez noted that he was not informed that the address to which he was shipping the drug was not a clinic, but was later determined to be the apartment of one of Murray’s girlfriends – the mother of one of his children – Nicole Alvarez.
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Earlier in the day Stacey Ruggles, who’s worked for Murray at his Houston clinic since 1997, took the stand and testified the physician called his office several times on the day Jackson died, with the last call coming in at 11:07 a.m. When questioned by Murray’s legal team, she noted that the location was not making money due to the doctor’s dedication to helping the poor in his community.
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Murray, 58, is charged with manslaughter, accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson on June 25, 2009. His defense, however, has argued that Murray did not give the singer enough of the drug to kill him and that Jackson took the lethal dose of propofol himself without Murray’s knowledge.
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