LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Three women, Conrad Murray’s girlfriend, the mother of his youngest child and a dancer, testified Tuesday in the Michael Jackson death case.
Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death. One of his exes, Sade Anding, and the mother of one of his children, Nicole Alvarez, were asked about their conversations with him prior to the pop star’s death.
Anding, a cocktail waitress from Houston, says he called her on the day of Michael Jackson’s death and became distracted on the phone. She says she tried to call Murray back, but he didn’t respond to calls or texts after she realized he had put the phone down.
Alvarez says Murray lived with her and their son in a Santa Monica apartment during the months leading up to Jackson’s death. She was planning on following Murray to London for Jackson’s final concerts and testified that she knew Murray would be making $150,000 a month.
Phone records show Murray made several calls — including some to Anding, Alvarez and dancer Michelle Bella — during the final hours of Jackson’s life.
Dr. Richelle Cooper, who authorized the decision to pronounce Jackson dead at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center, testified Monday.
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 she 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.
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.
CBS2 legal analyst Steve Meister says the defense will have to prove that Jackson was given proper care.
“You can argue that under some circumstances, perhaps it’s reasonable to use propofol under proper supervision. Did they have those things? And if not, they’re digging their own grave.”