Michael Jackson’s Bodyguard Testifies In Conrad Murray Trial
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — More testimony was underway Thursday in the trial of Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.
Prosecutors are working to fill in details about Murray’s actions after he found Jackson unconscious on June 25, 2009.
Alberto Alvarez, the first bodyguard to reach the room after Murray summoned him for help, took the stand Thursday morning.
Alvarez says he found Jackson on the bed — with his hands extended and his eyes and mouth open — as Murray gave him one-handed chest compressions.
He also said Jackson’s children, Prince and Paris, screamed out for their father.
Alvarez told the seven-man, five-woman jury that he escorted the two children out, then returned to the bedroom and asked Murray what had happened.
“He said he had a bad reaction,” said Alvarez, who was Jackson’s director of logistics.
Murray began collecting vials while kneeling near a nightstand next to the bed and told Alvarez to put them in a bag and then put the bag inside another bag, Jackson’s employee testified.
“He pointed towards the IV stand. He pointed to a bag and said `Now grab that and put it in a blue bag,” the prosecution’s sixth witness said.
Alvarez said he saw a bottle inside the IV bag, saying that it appeared to be a bottle of propofol that was later collected by police.
Alvares testified that he called 911 at the request of Murray. Jurors heard a tape-recording of the 911 call, in which Alvarez is heard saying that Jackson was “not breathing” and “not responding to anything.”
New photos of the second floor of Michael Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills mansion and the bedroom where efforts were made to revive the King of Pop were released in court Wednesday.
Prosecutors, however, say Murray delayed calling 911 when he found Jackson unconscious, and that he didn’t tell any of the bodyguards that he had been giving Jackson propofol and other sedatives to help him sleep.
The defense says Jackson administered the deadly dose himself.
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