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.

Comments (12)
  1. j says:

    The DEA have been stealing drugs from evidence lockup and reselling them. It has become a popular way in the Department of Justice’s DEA to make extra money.
    They also steal from suspects for which they have created fabricated or coerced heresay evidence.
    With some of the DEA suffering under mountains of credit card debt they have started to think outside the box.

  2. Hollywood Reporter says:

    It is already precluded they are going to hang this guy to save face for a drug addict and little boy lover.

  3. njuguna muigai says:

    Myself i believe no doctor worthy his/her salt would prefer or want his/her patient to die My uncle who is a doctor was telling us that there is nothing truamatise them[doctors] like the death of their client. This can happen to any one

  4. sl says:

    He “suffered torough needlist controller”? What is this, a headline in anagram form?

  5. Jeannine Suibielski says:

    CBS unpaid interns, use your spellcheck and maybe have an editor look at your copy before you post it on the intertubes?

  6. AJ says:

    CBS Editors, the copy I just read says: “Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s 3009 death.”

    Um, learn to proof read…

  7. kr65 says:

    “Dr. Conrad Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s 3009 death.”

    MJ died in 3009?

    Wow, CBS needs to hire better copy editors.

  8. Igor Doublebubblevich. says:

    Jackson was disfurged deranged pedophile, better place without him.

  9. Jeannine Suibielski says:

    Much better. Interns, it’s not a sign of weakness to have a second set of eyes go over your copy before you post – Journalism 101

  10. David Frost says:

    Does anyone know if Debra Brazil (prosecutor) can amend the charges to allow the jury to convict on a manslaughter charge, criminally negligent homicide or depraved indifference homicide?…the witnesses to this point alone have proven all of these…Brazil and her colleague have done an OUTSTANDING job in simplifying the case and asking germane and succinct questions.

  11. PatricParamedic says:

    And while the media is fawning over this singular celebrity case – and trust me, no one is enjoying it more – consider this:

    From the day Michael Jackson died until last month, 4,110 OTHER MDs (that I know of) have been either criminally convicted of felony-level behavior, or civilly sanctioned for serious misdeeds.

    Their crimes? Homicide, Rape, Drug-Running; Child Molestation (the worst known child predators in history are 3 pediatricians sentenced this past year) ; Million-dollar Medicare Fraud; Murdering their wives; Nearly 1,000,000 unnecessary surgeries for profit; Blowing up other doctors for disciplining their wrong-doings*

    The ugly reality is two-fold:

    1, NO professionals in our society generate more suffering & death – unnecessarily – than the errant doctor population.

    2. You won’t hear a word of any of this, in any discussion regarding “health care reform.”

    And do you care to know what’s truly, idiotically, insanely hilarious?

    Regardless of Conrad Murray’s outcome, he will be re-licensed somewhere, in another state, in a few short years.

    Because contrary to the urban myth, we hold doctor misbehavior to the lowest bar on the playing field.

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