CATCH UP: The Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial (WEEK 1 RECAP)
As Week 1 of Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trail comes to a close, it’s not looking too bright for the Doc’s future as he’s been painted as an irresponsible care-taker.
And most shockingly, one of the paramedics claimed if Dr. Murray would have made some different choices--like calling 9-1-1 immediately--the King of Pop would still be alive. Get a recap of week one inside....
As murky details emerge in the death of Michael Jackson, it has all boiled down to the prosecution wanting the world to believe that MJ’s death was unnecessary and could have been avoided if Dr. Conrad Murray weren’t negligent.
It is argued that patient abandonment occurred since Michael’s heart stopped while Dr. Murray was not in the room.
And once Murray returned to the room, calling 911 was the LAST thing he did. Maybe if he would have made the call first, according to a paramedic who took the stand this week, the King would still be alive.
Here are some notable points from the week:
- The Defense argues that Michael Jackson took his own life as he self-injected a dose of Propofol that created a perfect-storm, resulting in his death. They also argue that he died instantly and there was nothing that Dr. Murray could have done to save him.
- The Prosecution (The State of California) argues Dr. Murray should be held criminally responsible for MJ’s death because of medical negligence and his reckless use of the surgical anesthetic propofol. The coroner ruled that Jackson's June 25, 2009, death was the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.
- It’s been revealed that Michal Jackson’s three children have no plans attended the trail as the details would likely be very painful to relive. However, Prince (the eldest) has said he would take the stand if need be.
- Dr. Murray is accused of misleading paramedics, mainly the emergency room doctor, Dr. Richelle Cooper, because he only “shared” that he gave Michel two doses of the sedative Lorazepam (and mentioned nothing about any other drugs or Propofol) Failing to mention anything about Propofol is a key issue in the case because the coroner ruled it played a major role in the death.
- The paramedics say that they were with MJ for 42 minutes and NEVER saw any signs of life.
- MJ’s bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, said when he arrived in the bedroom, Michael’s eyes were open and he appeared to be dead. He was instructed by Dr. Murray to hide/dispose of several vials of drugs and all medicine from the nightstand BEFORE 911 was called.
- Gallons of Propofol were ordered by Dr. Murray after Michael sounded lifeless while under the influence of the drug.
Perhaps the most shocking revelation of all was the photo of a lifeless King of Pop taken in the hospital. As well as the sad and disturbing audio that Dr. Murray recorded on his phone (we still don't understand why this was done) of Michael as he was under the influence of the prescribed drugs.
The trial will continue Monday morning.