AEG Executive, Jackson’s Assistant Testify In Conrad Murray Trial

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The prosecution in the Conrad Murray trial is using several witnesses to build a case against him.

Dr. Murray is accused in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson, who died from an overdose of the powerful drug propofol, in combination with other drugs.

AEG Live Concerts co-chief Paul Gongaware testified Wednesday that the company was originally contracted with Michael Jackson for a series of 50 sold-out “This Is It” concerts.

Gongaware said Jackson told him he wanted to hire Murray as his physician for the tour. He also said Murray initially asked for $5 million a year.

Gongaware claims Jackson’s personal assistant called on the way to a rehearsal to insist that Murray be hired for $150,000 a month.

Kathy Jorie was then hired by AEG to draft a contract. She says she had three meetings with Murray in the month leading up to Michael Jackson’s death.

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On Tuesday, graphic photos of Jackson’s body, as well as an audio recording of him slurring his words just a month before his death, were both used in court.

“We have to be phenomenal. When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I’ve never seen nothing like this. Go. It’s amazing. He’s the greatest entertainer in the world,'” Jackson says on the tape. “I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson’s Children’s Hospital.”

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said the recording shows Murray knew what he was doing to Michael Jackson long before the fatal does of propofol was administered.

He told the jury that on the morning of Jackson’s death, Murray waited 24 minutes before he instructed security staff to call 911.

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“It was Conrad Murray’s unskilled hands and his desire to obtain $150,000 a month that led Dr. Murray to abandon his patient and to abandon all principles of medical care,” Walgren said. “Conrad Murray’s actions and omissions caused the death of Michael Jackson.”

Kenny Ortega, who was directing Jackson’s planned “This Is It” tour, told jurors he tried to intervene and get the singer serious help when he was called to the stand.

The defense, however, portrayed Murray as a caring friend.

Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury it was not Murray who administered the fatal dose of propofol. He said the evidence will show that Michael Jackson administered the fatal dose himself.

Jackson’s family attended the trial Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Dylan Walsh

    Conrad Murray is a scapegoat. You need to look no far than at the Jackson family. Look at how they are using this trial as pr attempt. They can care less about MJ’s death, as long as the money keeps on coming in.

    People, do something better with your time. The man was a pederast. California prosecutors were trying their best to put this guy in jail and now they are painting this pathetic moron as a great man.

    Wake up!! Get a job and don’t hang out at the courthouse…losers.

    • L.S

      California Prosecuters will put their own mother in jail, so if you have faith in the California Prosecuters System, then you are living in another world, they don’t care who they put away in Prison or Jail, they are out to make their marks, after working in a Law Firm for 17 years I seen and know how the system works, unfortunately you don’t know that. You are one of your family members need to get in a situation with the Law and see how the California Prosecuters treat you are your family, you will have a whole different outlook towards the California Prosecuters, but you know what I just figured out, you might be a California Prosecuter yourself, thats why your talking that way.

  • pcbob

    Murray was making 150K a month, don’t you think that he would keep Jackson alive to keep the money coming it and not kill him. He is a scapegoat, Jacksons family comes out now to have a trial that brings a lot of people watching and reaping the benifits of Jacksons future income that he can’t use. But they can sure use it

    • L.S

      pcbob, you need to put another p at the end of c, because after making a statement like that, your either on crack, or pcp, pcpbob.

    • TJ

      You’re a freakin idiot pcbob!

  • Vicky

    I feel that Conrad Murray wanted JOB SECURITY and that is why he was giving Micheal that powerful drug!

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