Dr. Murray Manslaughter Trial, Day 6
Dr. Conrad Murray was back in court yesterday for day 6 of his involuntary manslaughter trial. Autopsy results have shown that Michael Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives. Dr. Murray had been taking care of him and said he gave Michael a dose of propofol as a sleeping aid on the day he died and has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Dr. Murray only faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted. The doctor’s legal team insists that Michael drank the powerful drug and other medications on his own while the doctor was away from his bedside. They are also trying to prove that the dose Murray administered was too low to be fatal.
Unfortunately for the good doctor, none of the fingerprints found on the bottles of medication in the bedroom or in Murray’s possession belonged to Michael. So, that can’t be good for his defense that Michael secretly consumed the drugs on his own. Yesterday, witnesses testified that Murray was talking and testing before and while Michael went into cardiac arrest.
According to testimony heard by one of the ER doctors that tended to Michael, said Murray never mentioned giving Michael profofol and was fuzzy on the timeline and details of Michael’s death. The ER doctor said that Michael was clinically dead when he arrived and it was futile to attempt to revive him, however Murray insisted they try.
Murray’s phone records are also a vital part of the prosecutions case. Two staffers from his cell phone provider identified records of his calls on the day of Michae’ls death, disclosing numerous calls and emails during the time Michael stopped breathing. The prosecution is looking to prove that Dr. Murray was preoccupied with other things instead of tending to Michael. Which in turn is evidence that the doctor failed to give Michael proper care.
Then there’s the parade of women and 7 children that are preoccupying the doctors time. One of them Nicole Alvarez, who lives with Murray and is mother of one of his sons, was a key witness yesterday. According to her testimony, she received several calls from Murray that day, including when he rode in an ambulance beside Michael’s lifeless body to the hospital June 25 2009. She said “I remember him telling me that he was on the way to the hospital in an ambulance with Mr. Jackson and not to be alarmed.”
This is just the beginning. The trial is supposed to rap up at the end of October. We’ll keep you posted.