Toxicologist, LAPD Detective Take Stand Friday In Conrad Murray Trial

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The coroner’s chief toxicologist was on the witness stand again Thursday in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, 58, is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death and has pleaded not guilty.

Dan Anderson testified Thursday that propofol was found in Jackson’s blood, urine and liver when he died. He did not specify how much of the drug was found in Jackson’s system.

Anderson also told jurors Thursday that lidocaine and lorazepam, a sleep aid, were also found in the singer’s body.

A Los Angeles police detective who investigated the crime scene at Jackson’s rented mansion also began testifying Friday morning.

The detective played a recoding of Murray, taken two days after Jackson’s death, describing how he administered propofol to the King of Pop. The two-hour recording has never been made public.

After giving some biographical details, the cardiologist is heard telling detectives how he met Jackson and became his personal physician for a series of planned comeback concerts in London.

Murray tells the detectives that he first treated Jackson in 2006 in Las Vegas because the singer and his children were
suffering from the flu.

A judge recessed proceedings for lunch just as Murray finishes explaining how Jackson’s personal assistant contacted him because the singer wanted him to accompany him to the London shows.

Jackson died at age 50 from an overdose of propofol. If convicted, Murray faces four years in prison.

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