The trial against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of King of Pop Michael Jackson resumes in Los Angeles Friday morning, and today’s courtroom testimony is sure to have jurors sitting up in their seats and paying close attention. Paramedics who were first on the scene to Michael Jackson’s home following the 911 call made by Alberto Alvarez are expected to testify, and what they have to say could be damning for Murray.
Also, get local reaction to the Michael Jackson trial and Dr. Conrad Murray’s standing as a physician from a Tucson doctor below.
Michael Jackson Trial: Day Four – Paramedics Take The Stand
The prosecution in the Michael Jackson trial against Dr. Conrad Murray explained in their opening remarks Tuesday that when paramedics arrived, they asked Murray what drugs, if any, Michael Jackson had taken. According to prosecutors, Murray failed to tell any of the first responders or doctors at UCLA Medical Center where Jackson was transported that he had given Jackson Propofol, or that Jackson could have given himself the dangerous anesthetic.
Paramedics are expected to take the stand in just moments to tell their side of the story. Will what they have to say add yet another nail in Dr. Conrad Murray’s coffin? If they back up the prosecution’s opening claims, it should. If a patient has taken even a simple allergy pill given by their doctor, you would expect the patient’s doctor to mention that when emergency medical staff ask. Forgetting to mention Propofol and the litany of other sedatives Murray had allegedly given Michael Jackson in the hours immediately preceeding his death just reeks of a cover-up, and nobody likes a cover-up.
Testimony against Murray provided earlier this week by Jackson’s security staff claim Dr. Murray had them help him to hide medical supplies and medication vials before emergency medical services responded. Indeed, this testimony alone seems to substantiate some sort of cover-up. If you’re doing nothing wrong, what’s to hide? As a physician, a cardiac surgeon no less, why would you concern yourself with anything but trying to save your patient’s life when it is obviously hanging in the balance? Why would you feel the need to round up medications and syringes to hide them? Herein lies the biggest problem for Dr. Murray: he already showed his cards in those first, telling moments following Jackson’s death. And there were witnesses who will tell us all about it.
If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Dr. Conrad Murray faces up to four years in prison, and would certainly be stripped of his right to practice medicine. Do you think Murray should lose his medical license? One Tucson doctor does. Though he asked not to be named, he wryly told us, “I wouldn’t let Dr. Conrad Murray treat my dearly-departed grandmother for a head cold, even in her current state.”
Find more on the Michael Jackson trial against Murray, including the Michael Jackson death photo used in day one of the trial, here.