Los Angeles, Calif. – For the better part of Thursday, Michael Jackson’s bodyguard Alberto Alvarez testified at the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. During his testimony, the 911 call he made the morning Jackson died was played for the jury.
According to Alvarez, when he arrived at Jackson’s home on June 25, 2009, he found Murray attempting CPR on Jackson using only one hand as the singer lay on a soft bed. He testified that before he called for emergency services, he was instructed by the physician to remove vials of the powerful drug propofol from Jackson’s bedroom and place them in a blue bag.
Alvarez told the jury that after the vials were concealed, Murray then told him to call 911. Once he did, the emergency dispatcher told Alvarez CPR needed to be administered to Jackson while he lay on a hard surface like the floor and instructed him to move him off the bed. Shortly thereafter, EMTs arrived at the Holmby Hills mansion.
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Under cross-examination by defense attorney Ed Chernoff, Alvarez held his ground regarding his time line of events – insisting Murray ordered him to hide the drug vials before calling for help.
Alvarez also testified that he has suffered financially and yet consistently turned down media offers, willing to pay him six figures for his story.
Murray’s legal team also played video for the jury that showed an area in the hospital where Jackson’s body had been placed as police swarmed the location.
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Murray is charged with manslaughter, accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson on June 25. 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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