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Tuesday
Oct042011

ER Doctor: Conrad Murray 'Sounded Desperate,' 'Looked Devastated'

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The cardiologist called to UCLA Medical Center's emergency room when Michael Jackson was admitted to the hospital on June 25, 2009, testified Monday that Dr. Conrad Murray, on trial for Jackson's death, "sounded desperate" and "looked devastated" in the hospital.

Dr. Thao Nguyen said Murray said to her and other doctors, "Do not give up easily.  Please try to save his life."

Nguyen said she was called to the emergency room when she received a page saying that a VIP patient, Michael Jackson, had been admitted to the hospital.

"By the time I came down, the patient appeared lifeless," Nguyen said.  "I couldn't find a pulse.  My attending couldn't find a pulse."

But Murray told Nguyen's attending physician that he had detected a pulse so, acting in "good faith," Nguyen said, she and her team continued to attempt to resuscitate Jackson.  They made an agreement with Murray that if another attempt and resuscitation efforts with a balloon pump proved futile, she said, they would pronounce him dead.  The procedure was unsuccessful and Jackson was pronounced dead.

Nguyen also testified that when she began to ask Murray questions he was not able to tell her the time Jackson stopped breathing, when medication was administered to him that day or the interval of time between the two events.

"He said he did not have any concept of time," Nguyen told the court.  "He did not have a watch."

She added that when she "specifically asked" Murray if Jackson had taken any other sedatives or narcotics, "his reply was negative."

Murray asked both Nguyen and her attending doctor "that we not give up easily and try to save Michael Jackson's life," Nguyen said.

"In Dr. Murray's mind, if we called it quits at that time, it would be giving up easily," Nguyen said.  "[It's] not a case of too little, too late.  It seems like a case of too late."

Earlier in the day, an emergency room doctor who attempted to resuscitate Michael Jackson the night he died said that even if Dr. Conrad Murray had told her Jackson had taken the drug propofol, it would not have changed her treatment.

"Mr. Jackson died long before he became my patient," Richelle Cooper, who was on duty at UCLA Medical Center's emergency room the night Jackson died, said.  "Knowing more, it's still unlikely I could have done something different to him."

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Monday
Oct032011

Trial of Michael Jackson's Doctor Begins Its Second Week

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial moves into its second week Monday morning as prosecutors continue questioning of emergency room doctor Richelle Cooper, who pronounced Michael Jackson dead on June 25 2009.

“He was clinically dead,” Cooper said during Friday’s session.  “He did not have a pulse.”

Cooper was the first physician to see Jackson in the UCLA trauma room. She testified that Dr. Conrad Murray never revealed that the King of Pop had been treated with propofol.  Her colleague, Dr. Thao Nguyen, is scheduled to testify Monday.

At a preliminary hearing in the case, Nguyen remembered how a "devastated" Murray looked in the ER, urging her, “not to give up easily and try my best to save the patient.”

Also on Monday’s witness schedule: cellphone company representatives from AT&T and Sprint who will present phone records documenting Murray’s calls the day Jackson died -- including one Murray made to his friend, Sade Anding in Houston.  She’s expected to testify this week that on that fateful day Murray “sounded like something was wrong.  He didn’t sound like himself, to me, at all.”

Earlier this year, Anding told ABC's Good Morning America about the doctor’s mysterious phone call.

“I heard, like, coughing like (imitates coughing) and, like, mumbling of voices.  He never got back on the phone and then I hung up,” she said.

On Friday, Dr. Cooper revealed that Murray told her that he was treating the singer for dehydration and that Jackson had no history of health problems.

“I asked what happened,” said Cooper of the moment when a clinically dead Jackson was wheeled into the UCLA emergency room on June 25, 2009.

“I was told that Mr. Jackson had been working very long hours and Dr. Murray thought he had been dehydrated and that he had given the patient an IV and administered 2 mg of lorazepam and later gave him [another] 2 mg and observed the patient to [cardiac] arrest,” she said.

Murray’s defense team now admits that Murray gave Jackson 25 mg of the milky anesthetic propofol but argues that Jackson himself took an additional dose of propofol and a sedative without his doctor’s knowledge, leading to his death.

Murray told Cooper that the only medications that Jackson took regularly were valium, an anti-anxiety medication, and Flomax, which is used to treat an enlarged prostate or someone suffering from a kidney stone.

By the time Jackson reached the emergency room, he had been in cardiac arrest for at least 40 minutes and Cooper could find no pulse, all signs of a “dying heart,” she said.  Paramedics testified that Jackson appeared dead when they reached the home, indicating he could have been in cardiac arrest for a period of time before the 911 call was made by a Jackson bodyguard.

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Saturday
Oct012011

Conrad Murray Trial: Scene in Michael Jackson's Room 'Did Not Add Up,' Paramedic Says

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The first paramedics to arrive at Michael Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion the day he died found the singer lifeless, Dr. Conrad Murray frantic, and a situation that one said "did not add up."

Paramedics who testified Friday at the trial of Murray said they discovered the pop superstar on his bedroom floor, wearing only a surgical cap and his pajama top, with his ribs visible. His skin was cold and turning blue.

"His eyes were fixed and dilated," paramedic Martin Blount said.

When asked if he had an opinion as to whether Jackson was alive, Blount responded, "Um, felt he was dead, ma'am."

Paramedic Richard Senneff testified that he saw medicine bottles on Jackson's nightstand, but that a frantic Murray claimed he was treating Jackson only for dehydration and exhaustion with a sedative, Lorazepam, for sleep.

"That did not add up to me," Senneff said.

When asked why, Senneff said, "Doctor's in the house; uh, IV pole -- IV hooked up to the patient. It didn't seem normal."

Senneff said Murray never mentioned having administered the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson.

For 42 minutes, paramedics used CPR and drugs to try to restart Jackson's heart and a resuscitator known as an ambu bag.

Senneff testified that before they left the mansion, Murray was spotted scooping up items from the bedroom.

Even though UCLA Medical Center suggests that paramedics declared Jackson dead in his bedroom, Murray pushed them to keep trying to resuscitate him in the ambulance ride to the hospital.

At the hospital, Murray said nothing about propofol to Dr. Richelle Cooper, who testified that she saw no signs of life in Jackson either.
Former prosecutor and defense attorney Susan Filan told ABC News that the prosecutors are building a "very strong" case against Murray.

"What they have to show is that Murray's conduct was negligent and reckless, that it was involuntary manslaughter. They don't have to show that he killed him on purpose," Filan said.

Filan said the paramedics' testimony supports the theory that Murray was covering up something.

"[The defense team] is going to say that this was an accident, and that Michael Jackson administered the fatal dose of propofol to himself. But there are going to be things that are going to negate that. One, he had what's called a condom catheter, which would indicate that he wasn't able to get up and move around the room once he was under sedation," said Filan.

"The whole question of sedating somebody at home with propofol without the proper care -- and Murray walked out of the room after he gave that last dose," Filan added. "There are just too many things wrong with this and it just doesn't add up. I think he's in trouble."

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Friday
Sep302011

Jackson Doctor Conrad Murray Didn't Mention Propofol to Paramedics

Paramedic Richard Senneff testifies at the Conrad Murray trial on Friday, September 30. ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- A paramedic who responded to a lifeless Michael Jackson said Thursday the singer's doctor, Conrad Murray, did not tell paramedics that Jackson was taking the powerful anesthetic propofol and was not honest about how long Jackson had been in cardiac arrest.

Richard Senneff, a Los Angeles firefighter and paramedic, testified in the manslaughter trial about reporting to Jackson's mansion after receiving a 911 call about a 50-year-old man in cardiac arrest.

Jackson died of a drug overdose on June 25, 2009. Murray, the singer's doctor, could face four years in prison if convicted.

Senneff said that he and his team of four received the call at 12:22 p.m. and arrived at the rented mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Bel Air, Calif., at 12:26 p.m. He said that he and his team never found any sign of life in the king of pop.

"When I first moved the patient, his skin was very cool to the touch. When I took a first glance at him, his eyes were open, they were dry and his pupils were dilated. When I hooked up the EKG machine, it was flatline consistently," Senneff said.

The paramedic said that Murray and a bodyguard were in the process of moving Jackson from his bed to the floor when he arrived. Jackson, wearing pajamas, appeared so thin that his ribs were visible, Senneff told jurors.

Senneff immediately approached Murray asking him a barrage of questions about his patient. Jackson appeared so ill that he looked like a patient suffering from a chronic illness, Senneff said.

"I said is there a DNR [Do Not Resuscitate] and he just looked at me ... I repeated the question and he said no, no, there's nothing, no."

Senneff and his team began hooking Jackson up to an EKG machine, intubating him and giving him rounds of drugs to start his heart. None of it worked. At one point, Murray told paramedics that he could feel a pulse in Jackson's right groin. Senneff said he and his team could not find a pulse on Jackson and that his cardiac rhythm was a "clean flatline."

Senneff repeatedly asked Murray about Jackson's medical history and what medications he was taking.

"I asked what his underlying health condition was, he [Conrad Murray] did not respond ... I asked again … he did not respond … The third time he said nothing, nothing, he has nothing," Senneff said. "Simply that did not add up to me."

"I see an underweight patient, I see an IV here and I see medication vials on the nightstand," he said.

Murray told paramedics that he was only treating Jackson for dehydration and exhaustion and that he'd only given him a sedative lorazepam to help him sleep. Murray's defense team now contends that he gave Jackson 25 mg of propofol on the day he died and that Jackson took lorazepam and an additional dose of propofol without Murray knowing.

Senneff said that it appeared Jackson had been in cardiac arrest longer than the five minutes it took for paramedics to arrive after 911 was called.

Senneff and the UCLA Medical Center were prepared to declare Jackson dead at 12:57 p.m., but Murray insisted Jackson be taken to the hospital and efforts to revive him continue.

Senneff said that after Jackson had been taken down the stairs on a gurney and placed into an ambulance, he returned to Jackson's bedroom to retrieve his team's items. He encountered Murray in the bedroom.

Senneff said that he observed no heart monitoring machines in the Jackson bedroom when he arrived, something prosecutors argue shows reckless care and abandonment. An earlier witness testified that the pulse oximeter machine that Murray did have in Jackson's bedroom was useless unless Murray was staring at it the entire time because it had a tiny screen and no audible alarm system.

Murray rode in the ambulance with the paramedics to the UCLA emergency room. Senneff testified that he observed Murray talking on his cell phone on the ambulance ride.

The minute by minute account of the efforts to revive Jackson followed a morning of testimony from a former patient of Murray.

Robert Russell told jurors that Murray had performed two surgeries on him after he suffered a heart attack in March 2009.

Of Murray's treatment, he said, "I felt like I was getting the best care in the world honestly."

The two grew so close that Murray revealed to Russell that he was leaving his medical practices to treat Jackson.

Russell said that the exceptional care he'd received began to shift. Murray broke two appointments with him and Russell was considering legal action against the doctor and left a voicemail letting his office know.

"I had expressed my frustration. I stated that I was at the end … of my rope and I expected answers and I expected a return call from Doctor Murray or the establishment of a meeting," he told jurors.

Russell got a return call from Murray, made less than an hour before paramedics would be called to Jackson's home to try and revive his lifeless body.

In the message, Murray said that his patient's heart is "repaired" and that he was on a sabbatical. Russell found the message odd because it didn't refer to any of Russell's test results and seemed to conflict with previous advice that Murray had given him, telling him that the damage to his heart could never really be repaired.

"I'm looking for scientific facts ... I also thought it was strange that he's leaving on a sabbatical. Why would he say that to me? I've been aware of what he was doing before his staff did," Russell said.

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Friday
Sep302011

Chef: Dr. Conrad Murray Screamed for Michael Jackson's Son Prince

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's chef said Thursday that a frantic Dr. Conrad Murray ran halfway down the stairs of the singer's home on the day he died and ordered her to get Jackson's son, Prince.

Chef Kai Chase was the first person that a nervous Murray asked for help on the day Jackson died of a drug overdose.  Murray, on trial for involuntary manslaughter, could face four years in prison if convicted.

Chase arrived to the Jackson home between 8 and 8:30 a.m. on June 25, 2009 -- the day Jackson died.  Chase noticed a white bean soup that she'd made the day before and left for Jackson to eat after rehearsing for his grueling comeback tour dubbed This Is It was still in the fridge.  A breakfast of almond and granola that she prepared for Jackson that morning was also never eaten.  Murray, Jackson's personal physician, typically came down to bring Jackson's breakfast to him each day, she testified.

Chase was preparing a turkey and cobb salad for Jackson to share with his children for lunch when a panicked Murray ran into the kitchen from Jackson's bedroom between 12:05 and 12:10 p.m.

"His energy was very nervous and frantic and he was shouting...get help, get security, get Prince," she said.  "The children were playing in the den.  I saw Prince and I went to go get him.  I said hurry, Doctor Murray needs you, there maybe something wrong with your father."

Chase resumed preparing the salad but grew alarmed when Jackson's housekeepers began crying in the foyer of the house.

"I left my area came into the foyer...I saw the children there and the housekeepers.  The children were crying and screaming," she said.  "The next thing we did is we started hugging and we came together and we held hands …the energy in the house did not feel good.  It is not the energy [that] I had always felt in this home."

The two older children, Paris and Prince, would eventually break away from the group and run to their father's bedroom where Murray was trying to revive Jackson's lifeless body.

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Thursday
Sep292011

Conrad Murray Tried to Hide Vials, Saline Bag, Bodyguard Says

Alberto Alvarez points toward a saline bag with a bottle of Propofol inside, held in view by Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris, screamed "Daddy" when she saw her father lying with his arms outstretched, his mouth open and his lifeless eyes looking at her, while his doctor tried to hide vials of propofol, one of Jackson's bodyguards said Thursday at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial.

Alberto Alvarez, the first of Jackson's bodyguards to enter the bedroom the day he died, testified at the trial about the frantic efforts to revive the singer.

Alvarez testified that Murray, Jackson's personal physician, tried to discard the vials and an IV bag containing propofol before first responders arrived at the mansion. Murray could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the overdosing death of Jackson. Jackson died June 25, 2009.

Alvarez said he received a panicked call from Jackson's assistant and ran from the security trailer adjacent to Jackson's home to the singer's bedroom. Alvarez had only been on the second floor of the mansion twice before.

Alvarez ran up the stairs after being let into the home by Jackson's nanny.

Murray was administering CPR with his left hand to Jackson who was lying in bed, Alvarez said.
"I remember seeing him [Jackson] and he was laying on his back with his hands extended out ... and I observed that his eyes were slightly open … and his mouth was open," Alvarez said. "His face was slightly towards the left."

Murray told Alvarez that they needed to get Jackson to a hospital. It was Alvarez who would call 911.

"I was reaching for my phone in my pocket and as I was doing that Prince and Paris came behind me ... Paris screamed Daddy," he said. "Dr. Conrad Murray said, 'Don't let them see their dad like this' … I proceeded to turn around to the children and kind of ushered them out and said, 'Kids don't worry, we'll take care of it, everything's going to be OK."

Then Murray requested Alvarez to help him discard of vials and a saline bag hanging from an IV stand, he said.

"While I was standing at the foot of the bed, he [Conrad Murray] reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and said, 'Here, put these in a bag,'" Alvarez said.

Alvarez didn't question Murray's requests.

"I thought Conrad Murray had best intentions for Mr. Jackson," Alvarez said. "I thought we were packing, getting ready to go to the hospital."

The saline bag had a bottle in it and a "milky white substance," Alvarez said. The substance was propofol, the powerful anesthetic that was found in Jackson's system at the time he died. Murray administered the drug to Jackson to help him sleep.

Murray's lawyers contend that he only administered 25 mg of propofol to Jackson on the day he died. They argue that Jackson himself took a sedative and an additional dose of propofol without his doctor's knowledge that created a "perfect storm" that killed the king of pop.

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Thursday
Sep292011

How Will Blaming Jackson for His Death Play with a Jury?

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The attorneys representing Michael Jackson's former physician Dr. Conrad Murray in his involuntary manslaughter trial are pointing fingers at the only other person in the room with Murray when the King of Pop died: the singer himself.

In his opening statement, Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff told the court that the doctor isn't to blame for Jackson's death: it was Jackson who gave himself a lethal dose of propofol.

"While Michael Jackson was frustrated because he could not sleep, frustrated because his doctor refused to give him a drug that he preferred, that he wanted, he did an act without his doctor's knowledge, without his doctor's permission," Chernoff said.

The defense is claiming that Jackson took a sedative and then a final dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol without his doctor's knowledge. The sedative lorazepam coupled with the propofol created a "perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly," Chernoff said.

Since the singer isn't there to rebut Chernoff's claims, it will be up to a jury to decide who is really at fault in Jackson's death and if Murray should be convicted of manslaughter. Legal expert Dana Cole called it the "correct strategy" for the defense to paint Jackson as "being a drug addict and crazed."

"The tape the prosecution played does help the defense," Cole said, referring to a recorded conversation with Jackson in which the apparently heavily sedated performer slurred so badly prosecutors had to run captions on the screen so jurors could understand what he was saying.

"It shows what a flawed individual [Jackson] was and how he desperately sought drugs, that he was so addicted that he could have injected himself," Cole said. "I don't see anything wrong with that strategy...A lot of people say he's on a pedestal and you have to be careful about his memory," Cole said, "but then a lot of the public thought he very strange and weird."

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Michael Jackson's Children Watched Conrad Murray Try to Revive Him

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's children cried as they watched Dr. Conrad Murray attempt to revive the King of Pop's lifeless body in the bedroom of Jackson's rented mansion, the head of Jackson's security team testified Wednesday at Murray's manslaughter trial.

Faheem Muhammad, a security guard and driver for Jackson, described to jurors the chain of events on the day Jackson died from a drug overdose June 25, 2009.

Muhammad said that when he reached the Jackson home, he found a sweaty Murray in Jackson's bedroom hovering over Jackson, who was lying on the floor.

"He appeared to be administering CPR. He appeared very nervous," Muhammad said.

Jackson's "eyes were open and his mouth was slightly open," Muhammad said, adding that he appeared to be dead.

Muhammad asked if 911 had been called and was told that they were on their way.

"Immediately, I was shocked just seeing him. Shortly after that, I realized that his children were standing outside of his room...the two older ones," Muhammad said.

"Paris was on the ground balled up crying and Prince...was standing there...and he just had a real shocked, just slowly crying-type of look on his face," he said.

Muhammad said he grabbed the children and called for their nanny and moved them to a place where they couldn't see Jackson.

Murray showed little emotion in the courtroom as Muhammad recounted the frantic effort to save Jackson's life. Murray could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the overdosing death of Jackson.

Muhammad's testimony followed that of Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams. Williams told jurors that soon after Jackson's death, Murray requested to return to the Jackson home because "there's some cream in Michael's room in the house that he wouldn't want the world to know about."

Propofol, the powerful anesthetic found in Jackson's system at the time of his death, has a white, creamy appearance and is called "milk" by addicts.

The testimony followed a morning of witnesses' describing how Murray came to be Jackson's physician. Murray was hired to be Jackson's doctor as the singer prepared to embark on a 50-night comeback tour dubbed This Is It.

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Wednesday
Sep282011

MJ Tour Director Alarmed by 'Incoherent' Star Days Before Death

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days before Michael Jackson died, the alarmed director of his comeback tour confronted Dr. Conrad Murray about the star's health, saying the King of Pop was incoherent at times and unable to rehearse.

The testimony of Kenny Ortega, the co-director of Jackson's This Is It tour, was as startling as the opening statements by the prosecution and Murray's attorney.

Just minutes into his opening, prosecutor David Walgren showed the courtroom of photo of a ghostly Jackson lying dead in a hospital bed, draped by a hospital gown.  He also played a tape of a conversation with Jackson in which the drugged-up singer slurred his words so badly the prosecutors had to run captions on the screen so jurors could understand what Jackson was saying.

Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff, told the court in his opening that Murray isn't to blame for Jackson's death, that Jackson gave himself a dose of drugs that killed him so quickly Jackson "didn't even have time to close his eyes."

Murray could face four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Ortega, the first witness called by the prosecution, said that on June 19, 2009, less than a week before Jackson was found dead from a drug overdose, Jackson arrived at rehearsal unwell.

Ortega said Jackson appeared lost and incoherent.  He rubbed Jackson's chilled feet and fed him food when it was clear he hadn't eaten.

Ortega was so disturbed by Jackson's state that he sent an email to Randy Phillips of AEG Live, the concert promoter, saying that "real emotional stuff" was going on and that "everything in me says that Jackson should be psychologically evaluated."

"There is no one taking responsibility, caring for him on a daily basis ... today I was feeding him, wrapping him in blankets ... and calling his doctor," Ortega wrote.

Jackson was preparing for a grueling 50-city comeback tour at the time of his death on June 25, 2009.  The tour was to be his first in more than a decade and was of great personal importance.  It would be the first time that Jackson's three children would see him perform, Walgren said.

On June 20, 2009, an emergency meeting was called at Jackson's home that included Ortega, Murray and Jackson.  Murray grew angry over Ortega's worries about Jackson's health, the director said.

"He said I should stop trying to be an amateur doctor and psychologist and be the director and allow Michael's health to him," Ortega said.

Paul Gongaware, co-CEO of AEG Live, testified that he had his own meeting with an incoherent Jackson in the early stages of rehearsals.  Gongaware said that Jackson had come from his doctor, but he couldn't remember if Jackson had come from Murray or his dermatologist, Arnold Klein.

Gongaware hired Murray to be Jackson's physician.  He said Jackson had insisted that Murray be hired, despite Gongaware's urging that an English physician be hired since the concerts would be taking place in London.

Gongaware recounted Jackson pointing to his own body and saying, "this is the machine, we have to take care of the machine.  This is what I want, I want Doctor Murray."

Murray originally asked for $5 million a year, Gongaware said.  Negotiations temporarily ended until Jackson told Gongaware to offer Murray $150,000 a month.  Murray originally refused that offer too until Gongaware told him that it was an offer directly from Jackson.

Prosecutors attempted to use Ortega and Gongaware's testimony to paint Murray as a reckless, money-hungry doctor who was aware of the impact sedatives and the powerful anesthetic propofol were having on his patient.

They also used the audio message of a drugged Jackson recorded on Murray's phone May 10 to make the same point.

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Manslaughter Trial to Begin for Michael Jackson’s Physician

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening statements in Dr. Conrad Murray's trial begin Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician, is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the King of Pop resulting from the administration of the powerful anesthetic propofol in June of 2009.  He has pleaded not guilty and faces four years in prison if convicted.  

Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson is eager for the trial to begin, telling ABC News Radio, "We need answers."

In his new book You Are Not Alone Michael: Through a Brother's Eyes, Jermaine contends that in mid-June, while his brother was rehearsing for his This Is It series of concerts, Michael's health "inexplicably" began to deteriorate.  He began missing on-stage cues, would forget his lyrics and seemed very weak. 

Jermaine also says that Michael lost a great deal of weight, and was cold all the time, and claims that Michael's makeup artist and wardrobe personnel were "pleading with someone in authority to intervene" and get the singer medical help.

Jermaine feels that AEG, the company that was promoting the shows, should have reached out to the Jackson family at that point, but no one ever did.  Instead, he says the company harassed Michael about his no-shows at rehearsals, and told him he was in danger of "losing everything" if he didn't shape up.  About 10 days later, he was dead.

That's why Jermaine feels that it's not only Dr. Murray who is responsible for his brother's death.

"It was negligence," Jermaine tells ABC News Radio.

Brian Oxman, the attorney for Jackson's father Joe, thinks the concert promoters and other people around the pop star should also be on trial.

“We have a situation here where Michael Jackson died under the most strange, bizarre circumstances.  And only one man is being blamed for it.  And that simply is not true.  There are a host of people who were responsible,” Oxman says.

When asked why AEG would put Michael's health in jeopardy if the company stood to make millions from the This Is It concerts, Jermaine told ABC News Radio, "This is why we're waiting for the trial.  We need answers, because these are a lot of questions that are going through our minds as a family."

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