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Wednesday
Mar232011

Lindsay Lohan Turns Down DA's Plea Deal

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has rejected a plea deal from the Los Angeles D.A. in the case of a stolen necklace, an offer that would have put her in jail.  She now faces the possibility of going on trial, which could still land her behind bars if she's convicted.

She's reportedly said all along she didn't swipe the $2,500 chain and that she hopes a jury will believe her over the store. The store, Kamofie & Co., has come under fire for trying to profit from the case by selling the surveillance video of the alleged incident.  The next hearing is in April, when a judge will determine if there's enough evidence for Lohan to stand trial.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Will Stand Trial for Manslaughter

Photo Courtesy - Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a six-day preliminary hearing ended Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge ordered Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to stand trial on one count of involuntary manslaughter in the entertainner's 2009 death.

Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in an attempt to get Jackson to sleep.  Superior Court Judge Robert Pastor also granted a request to have Murray's license to practice medicine in California suspended.

Jackson's former bodyguards, as well as police detectives and paramedics testified that Jackson appeared dead long before Murray ordered him to be taken to the hospital.  Prosecutors wrapped their case after a pair of doctors declared Murray "acted outside the standard of medical care" in dispensing the drugs, then failed to provide proper care when things took a turn for the worst.

The defense chose not to call any witnesses, but revealed during the hearing its strategy at trial will apparently be to try to convince a jury that Jackson himself administered the fatal dose.

A hearing on Jan. 15 will determine when Murray will stand trial.

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Tuesday
Jan112011

Pharmacist Testifies He Sent Large Amounts of Propofol to Dr. Murray

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary involuntary manslaughter hearing continued Monday in Los Angeles, where a pharmacist took the stand and leveled new allegations against Michael Jackson's former personal physician.

Pharmacist Tim Lopez said Dr. Murray ordered 255 vials of the powerful anesthetic propofol, the drug that reportedly killed the singer.  The order was so large, Lopez believed it was for use by Murray's entire clinic.  Lopez testified Murray never mentioned the King of Pop was his only patient.  The pharmacist also said Murray insisted he ship the powerful drug to him via FedEx.

Los Angeles Police Detective Orlando Martinez also took the stand, testifying that Dr. Murray admitted giving Jackson propofol at least six nights a week for the two months before Jackson died.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, after Murray gave him propofol, which is usually used to render patients unconscious before surgery, as a sleep aid.  Murray's defense lawyers insist the amounts Murray gave the pop icon weren't enough to kill him.

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Friday
Jan072011

Paramedic Testifies on Day Three of Dr. Conrad Murray's Hearing

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's hearing, which will determine whether he will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, continued Thursday in Los Angeles with testimony from a paramedic who claimed the cardiologist snatched three bottles of painkillers and placed them in a bag on the day of the singer's death in June of 2009.

KABC-TV reports the paramedic, Martin Blount, also said Murray told the crew who responded to the scene that Jackson had been passed out about a minute before 911 was called.  Blount said he thinks Jackson may have been dead for at least 20 minutes by the time he'd arrived to the King of Pop's home, in part because the singer was cool to the touch.

Earlier in the week, another paramedic testified that he had doubts when Murray told him upon the paramedic's arrival that Jackson's condition had "just happened."

Dr. Richelle Cooper, who tended to Jackson in the emergency room on the day of his death, testified Thursday that Murray told her he'd given Jackson the sedative lorazepam.  She said he did not tell her he'd given Jackson any other drugs.  Murray is accused of giving Michael a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol as well as other sedatives.

According to the Los Angeles Times, prosecutors on Thursday also presented records that showed Murray had 11 phone conversations and sent or received five text messages in an approximately five-hour span before he discovered Jackson had stopped breathing.  He placed calls to his clinics elsewhere in the country as well as to other parties.  He also called Jackson's personal assistant after Murray discovered what had happened to Jackson, and he contacted his girlfriend while in the ambulance.

Prosecutors are arguing that Murray wasn't sufficiently attentive to Michael in the hours before he died.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Dr. Murray Hearing Continues with Testimony from Guard, Paramedic

Photo Courtesy - David McNew-Pool/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On day two of Dr. Conrad Murray's preliminary hearing in Los Angeles, a security guard testified Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor ordered him to place medical vials into a bag after Murray found the singer lifeless on the day of his death.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Alberto Alvarez said he was also instructed by Murray to place an IV bag containing what Alvarez called a "milk-like substance" into a larger bag.  The powerful anesthetic propofol, which caused Jackson's death, is a white substance.

Afterward, Alvarez said, Murray told him to call for an ambulance.  As they received instructions from a 911 operator to perform CPR on Jackson, Alvarez said Murray told him, "You know, this is the first time I give mouth to mouth, but I have to do it, he's my friend."  Murray, who's a cardiologist, also was said to have called out if anyone knew how to administer CPR.

Alvarez also recalled Jackson's daughter, Paris, entering the bedroom and yelling, "Daddy!"  He said Murray then shouted, "Get them out!  Get them out!  Don't let them see their father like this."

Richard Senneff of the Los Angeles Fire Department, who responded to the scene, also took the stand on Wednesday.  The paramedic said that though Murray told him that Jackson's condition had "just happened," Senneff's gut feeling "at the time was this did not just happen, it's been a period of time."  He said Murray did not tell him at any point that he'd given Jackson propofol.

The ongoing hearing will determine whether Murray will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.  He's pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Manslaughter Hearing for Michael Jackson's Doctor Brings Out Cast of Characters

A Michael Jackson fan stands outside the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray on Jan. 4, 2011. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Almost a year and a half after Michael Jackson's death, a manslaughter hearing for the singer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, might shed light on what exactly killed the pop icon.

Murray's hearing began Tuesday in Los Angeles in a courtroom filled with Jackson's family members and fans. Murray is accused of killing Jackson by giving him a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol on June 25, 2009.

After the prosecution's opening statement (the defense chose not to present a statement), multiple witnesses were called to testify. Prosecutors laid out a scenario of Murray pumping Jackson full of a cocktail of drugs the night before his death.

They claimed it took a long time for Murray to notice Jackson was dead, and that when he did notice, he called Jackson's personal assistant to help hide evidence of the drugs he had given Jackson before they dialed 911.

Prosecutors said Jackson was long dead by the time paramedics arrived: His eyes were fixed and dilated, and he was cold. They decided there was nothing more they could do, but Murray took over and demanded the star be rushed to UCLA Medical Center.

Kenny Ortega, the director of Jackson's This Is It tour, which was eventually made into a movie, also testified Tuesday. On June 20, 2009, Ortega said he was called to Jackson's home for a meeting, where Murray and executives funding the show told Ortega to essentially stay out of Jackson's health problems and to focus only on directing the show. He was told Jackson's health was fine.

Following Ortega, Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, stepped up to the witness stand. He described the great rehearsal they had the night before Jackson died and recounted the frantic call he received from Murray to get over to the house. Murray told him Jackson had a bad reaction to the drugs he'd been given.

Later in the day, Faheem Muhammad, Jackson's head of security, took the stand to detail what he saw the day Jackson died. He said he first saw Jackson's feet, then observed Murray "on his knees in a panicked state trying to administer CPR."

According to Muhammad, Jackson's children witnessed this scene.

At the end of the hearing, which could last days, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. The Houston cardiologist previously pleaded not guilty. His attorneys maintain he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray, 57, could get four years in prison and lose his medical license. Murray, who is being held on $75,000 bail, also faces a civil trial over a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Jackson family.

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