LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An emergency room physician told jurors Monday that Michael Jackson’s doctor never mentioned that he had given the singer the powerful anesthetic propofol.
Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s 2009 death.
Dr. Richelle Cooper authorized the decision to pronounce Jackson dead at UCLA Medical Center.
“In my practice, for procedural sedation, I couldn’t imagine I would give a dose of 25 milligrams to an otherwise healthy 60-kilogram male,” Cooper said. “Because I would not expect that to produce any level of sedation. But, if it did achieve some sedation, I would expect in seven to 10 minutes that it’d be worn off.”
She says Murray told her he had given Jackson a sedative, lorazepam, but never mentioned the anesthetic propofol.
Cooper said Jackson was “clinically dead” by the time he reached the hospital. She said that she had advocated pronouncing him dead at his home when she received radio calls from paramedics describing his condition.
“My assessment when he arrived was he was clinically dead and given the time — it was about an hour — I thought the attempt at rescue would be futile,” Cooper said. She has said more than an hour of resuscitation efforts at the hospital did nothing to improve Jackson’s condition.
Prosecutors allege that Murray gave Jackson propofol and failed to monitor him properly, but defense attorneys insist he was weaning Jackson off the medication when the singer gave himself a larger dose of the drug that killed him.
Cooper also told the jury about trying to talk to Jackson’s hysterical children at the hospital.
Attorneys from both sides, as well as their spokespeople, aren’t allowed to discuss the case outside of court due to a gag order that was imposed last week.
Jackson’s family made no comments when they made their way into the courtroom Monday morning.