Dr. Conrad Murray Trial Recap

Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of administering a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol. If convicted, Murray faces a four-year sentence and likely loss of his medical license.

Day 1 September 27, 2011: Opening statements.

Day 2 September 28, 2011: Michael Amir Williams, Michael Jackson’s personal assistant, offered his testimony to the court. Also, Dr. Conrad’s request for a CPR machine came into question.

Day 3 September 29, 2011: Alberto Alvarez, testified that Murray instructed him to collect a number of vials and stash them in numerous bags, along with a saline bag.
Alvarez said that, when he arrived in Jackson’s bedroom the date of his death, the singer was lying on his back and Murray was administering chest compressions to him.
Kai Chase, personal chef for Michael Jackson, is sworn in.

Day 4: September 30, 2011: Prosecutors called Nonin Medical executive Bob Johnson to try to show that Murray lacked enough equipment to care for the singer during the treatments. Propofol is normally administered in hospital settings.
The $275 fingertip device that monitors the pulse and blood oxygen levels was recovered

Day 5: Testimony began with Dr. Richelle Cooper, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center emergency room doctor who pronounced Jackson dead. Cooper testified that Jackson “was clinically dead,” when he arrived at the hospital. “He did not have a pulse.” Cooper also said Murray told her Jackson’s cardiac arrest began after Murray gave him two doses of the sedative lorazepam, but Murray did not mention Jackson’s use of propofol.
Sade Anding, one of Dr. Conrad’s ex-girlfriends, testified that she was speaking with Dr. Conrad shortly before the emergency.
Bridgette Morgan, another girlfriend, testified she spoke with him 30 minutes before Jackson’s emergency.
Nicole Alvarez, the mother of Murray’s youngest child, is expected to testify that her Santa Monica, California address was used to receive shipments of propofol Murray had ordered for Jackson.

Day 6: Dr. Conrad Murray’s three girlfriends took the stand.  The ladies alleged that Murray violated his client/patient confidentiality agreement by disclosing personal details about Michael. Further testimony also revealed the time of the phone calls that Murray made to his girlfriends on the day Michael Jackson died.

Day 7: Computer forensic examiner Stephen Marx testified that several emails were recovered from Murray’s iPhone on the morning of Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. They contained handwritten notes and medical records referencing a patient named Omar Arnold, which prosecutors have said is one of the aliases Murray used to fill the singer’s prescriptions.

Day 8: Defense scored big. No other suspects were considered.  The prosecutor’s witness admitted she made numerous mistakes with Michael Jackson’s medications.

Day 9: Dan Anderson was cross examined by the defense, who questioned him about Michael Jackson’s toxicology report. According to Anderson, all blood and urine samples obtained were tested for propofol, and did not test all of the samples for lorazepam. The coroner continued his testimony by saying Michael Jackson’s death was caused by “acute propofol intoxication,” and additional sedatives including lorazepam. In addition to testimony from the coroner, a taped recording of Murray speaking to Los Angeles Detective Scott Smith was played for the jury.

Day 10: A medical examiner struck a major blow to the defense of Conrad Murray, saying it is unreasonable to believe the singer could have given himself a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol.

Day 11: Testimony continued with testimony from cardiologist Dr. Alon Steinberg , and Dr. Nadel Kanangar sleep expert from UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Steinberg offered his testimony, in which he said, Dr. Murray was wrong for using the propofol as a sleep aid in the home, and not having proper medical equipment to treat Michael in the home as well. Dr. Steinberg concluded that it  makes Murray, completely negligent in Michael’s death. Steinberg went onto say, the use of propofol to treat Jackson’s insomnia was another extreme deviation from medical standards that contributed to Michael’s death.

Testimony was also heard from Dr. Nader Kananger, the sleep expert. According to Dr. Kananger, there is no theraputic value in using propofol as a sleep aid when treating a patient for insomnia. Dr. Steinberg states that Michael would perhaps still be alive today, if Dr. Murray followed proper procedures. In addition, both doctors agreed that Dr. Murray’s, delay in calling 911, may have been a major factor into Michael death.

The defense was able to cross examine Dr. Steinberg who spoke about what Dr. Murray said to the Los Angeles police during a taped recorded interview. Dr. Steinberg made mention of Murray telling the police that he used the propofol as a drip to render it to Michael, however the defense was able to prove that Murray did not disclose this to the police, during that particular interview. Dr. Steinberg agreed that misinterpreted the statement and agreed to redact the statement.

However despite the mishap, Dr. Steinberg remained stern when referring to Dr. Murray being negligent in Michael’s death. The trial resumes today with cross examination of Dr. Kamangar from the defense, as well as testimony from an anesthisoligist.

Day 12: Anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Shafer began his testimony, which Robin felt may have been laced with too much medical language that wouldn’t necessarily be understandable to a jury. Due to a scheduling mess, court took a recess.

Day 13: According to Dr. Shafer, he believes Michael would be alive today, if a chin lift was used while he was sleeping. According to Dr. Shafer, a chin lift would have stopped Michael’s tongue from going to the back of his throat. Dr. Shafer went onto say “airway obstruction,” is what caused Michael to die.Dr. Shafer also stated that it was really unusual for a doctor to use the drug propofol as a sleep aid. Dr. Shafer concluded that propofol is not intended to be used the way Dr. Murray did for Michael, stating there is not even instructions for using propofol as a sleep aid.

Day 14: Dr. Shafer stated, that he believes Murray stepped out of the room, and did not monitor Michael properly, and  wasn’t present when Michael stopped breathing. The defenses argument has long been, that Michael swallowed propofol, once Murray exited the room. However, Dr. Shafer concluded that the defenses argument is wrong, saying swallowing propofol would not have an affect on humans. Instead, according to Dr. Shafer, the drug has to be used intravenously in order for it take into affect.  Dr. Shafer concluded his argument with a study which was  done on animals and humans , where propofol was swallowed.

Day 15: The defense made what appeared to be a surprising move by many, during the cross-examination of propofol expert Dr. Shafer. Attorney Ed Shernoff conducted the cross-examination, instead of propofol expert, attorney Michael Flanagan who up until this point, has handled the cross-examination process for the defense. During cross-examination, the defense began by accusing Dr. Shafer of not stating the facts. Instead, the defense accused Dr. Shafer of basing his testimony, as it relates to his demonstration of the IV drip, on opinion instead. According to the defense, some of the items used during Dr. Shafer’s demonstration, were not the same items found at Michael’s home. Dr. Shafer answered, by saying that some of the items were different, such as using a 20cc syringe, oppose to Murray, who used a 10cc syringe. Dr.Shafer went onto say he did not find those differences to be relevant to the case.

Day 16:Murray’s defense team attempted to cast doubt on the previous testimony from Jackson’s former bodyguard Aberto Alvarez with homicide detectives Dan Myers and Orlando Martinez, who told the court that Martinez hadn’t mentioned seeing propofol in the singer’s home during his initial police interviews.

Day 17: The head of AEG Randy Phillips, took the witness stand. The defense stated that Michael used the drug propofol, out of fear that the shows would be cancelled, if he wasn’t able to make it to the rehearsals.  In addition, the defense stated that Michael, believed that he would have to cover the rehearsal and production costs, if the shows were cancelled.  According to Phillips, no one at AEG was going to pull the plug on Michael’s,”This Is It,” concert series.  The defense also claimed that Michael was addicted to the pain killer Demerol, and had stopped taking the drug shortly before his death. According to the defense, Murray was unaware that Michael was addicted to Demerol.

Day 18: Conrad Murray’s defense team quickly went through a lineup of character witnesses for the doctor, patients of Murray’s who all testified that he’d provided great care to them. One patient, Gerry Causey, called Murray his “best friend” and shook Murray’s hand and kissed him on the forehead as he left the stand, while another said Murray had provided treatment to him free of charge when he couldn’t afford to pay. Murray cried at several points during the witnesses’ testimony.

Day 19:  The defense called their star witness and Conrad Murray fought back tears.

Day 20: Michael Jackson probably died after he rapidly injected himself with a dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol on top of a large dose of sedatives he swallowed when Dr. Conrad Murray was away, the defense’s propofol expert testified.

Day 21: The judge in the Conrad Murray trial fined a key defense witness for a remark that was considered a direct contempt of court. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren grilled the defense’s propofol expert, Dr. Paul White, during day 21 of the involuntary manslaughter trial. Under aggressive cross examination, White admitted on Monday that Murray, at the very least, deviated from the standard of care by providing Michael Jackson with propofol in a home setting, saying it could be dangerous and even deadly.

Day 22: Dr. Conrad Murray says he will not testify in his own defense.

November 7, 2011: Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.  Sentencing November 29, 2011.


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