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Tuesday
Nov292011

Conrad Murray to Be Sentenced Tuesday Morning

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Approximately three weeks after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, Conrad Murray will be sentenced by a Los Angeles judge Tuesday morning.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time.  The doctor has been in jail since his conviction.

Prosecutors are calling for a four-year prison sentence for Murray.  His lawyers have asked the judge to sentence him to probation.

ABC News legal analyst Royal Oakes has speculated that if Murray does get the maximum sentence, it's possible he won't spend much time behind bars due to overcrowding.  Because of overcrowded conditions at California prisons, a new policy keeps non-violent offenders in county jails rather than prison.  If he does receive a prison sentence, Murray may end up doing his time at the L.A. County Jail.

Murray's mother is hoping that his sentence will be a light one.

E! News reports that in a letter Milta Rush wrote for his defense team that will be presented at Tuesday's hearing, she said, "He has never been in trouble with the law before and I am barely standing, scared and worried sick about him being incarcerated."

Murray had been accused of administering a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson in 2009.

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Monday
Nov072011

Jury to Resume Deliberations in Conrad Murray Trial

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The jury in Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial will resume deliberations Monday in Los Angeles.  The jurors ended their first day of deliberations on Friday without reaching a verdict.

Two former Michael Jackson bodyguards say the late pop star would not have wanted his personal physician to be on trial.

Javon Beard argues, "There's no way in hell that Dr. Conrad wanted to kill Mr. Jackson -- you know, why would he kill his paycheck?"

Another former Jackson bodyguard, Bill Whitfield, says of the entertainer, "He would never step into another courtroom again -- this trial brought him back into the courtroom -- his character was back into question."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol in 2009.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Friday
Oct282011

Propofol Expert Claims Michael Jackson Gave Himself Fatal Injection

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The final defense witness in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor was an expert in the anesthetic propofol who told the court Friday that he believes the pop star gave himself a fatal injection of the drug.

Dr. Paul White also said he saw no evidence of the prosecution's theory that Jackson died from an overdose of propofol administered through an IV drip that was set up by Dr. Conrad Murray.

But he also said that Murray should not have left the room with Jackson under the influence of propofol.

White was the last witness for Murray, who the prosecution blames for Jackson's death by giving him too much propofol and not properly monitoring Jackson while administering propofol.

The defense team contends that Murray was trying to wean Jackson off of propofol. They allege Jackson wanted propofol because he was suffering from insomnia brought on by withdrawal from the painkiller Demerol.

At the time of his death, Jackson was preparing for his "This is It" world tour, and exhaustion from that preparation also allegedly contributed to his insomnia.

White is not through testifying, though. He is expected to be called back to the stand and aggressively cross examined by prosecutors when the trial resumes Monday morning.

The jury is expected to begin deliberating on Wednesday.

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Thursday
Oct272011

Conrad Murray's Former Patients Testify He Is a Good Doctor

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Conrad Murray was emotional at his involuntary manslaughter trial in Los Angeles Wednesday, dabbing his eyes as former patients of his testified that he was a caring doctor.

The patients' statements were part of the defense team's strategy to paint Michael Jackson's doctor as a quality cardiologist unmotivated by money.

One of the patients, Gerry Causey, said Murray treated him for a heart attack 11 years ago and that they are close friends.  He said he was drawn to Murray because of "the way he cares for you and the way he makes you feel, his concern and the love he has for you."

Another patient, Andrew Guest, said he agreed to talk to the media about Murray because he wanted to show his support for the doctor.

Guest said, "I appreciate his kindness, his caring and I'm alive today because of that man."

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death.

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Wednesday
Oct262011

Nurse, Concert Promoter Testify at Conrad Murray's Trial

Dr. Conrad Murray pictured on right. David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's holistic nurse testified Tuesday at Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial in Los Angeles; the caregiver claims the singer asked for the powerful anesthetic propofol two months before he died in June of 2009.

Cherilyn Lee said she warned him that the drug was too dangerous to use at home, but he countered that it would be safe if a doctor monitored him while he slept.

Randy Phillips, an executive with concert promoter AEG, which organized Michael's planned This Is It concerts in London, also took the stand Tuesday.  He said Jackson had requested a London estate where he could stay, with running streams and horses.  Phillips said the King of Pop also asked for the services of Murray, whom Phillips said Jackson had "great trust in."

Phillips said there were concerns over Jackson's health in the weeks before he died, but Murray assured him the entertainer would be fine.

Murray, who's accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of propofol prior to the singer's death, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Friday
Oct212011

Does Photo Prove Michael Jackson Could Not Have Injected Himself?

ABC News Exclusive(LOS ANGELES) -- A photo of Michael Jackson obtained exclusively by ABC News may help illustrate that the late pop singer could not have injected himself with that fatal dose of propofol.

Taken by Jackson’s business associates in 2003, the photo vividly demonstrates the reaction Jackson had to multiple needle punctures, making it difficult for doctors to find a suitable vein for medical injections.

“Michael Jackson did not have good veins, in fact they were so poor he had to start this IV in a vein below the left knee,” Dr. Steven Shafer, the prosecution’s star witness, testified Thursday. “So the possibility of direct self injection seems extremely unlikely … You would not want to inject into a vein and miss because that would be extremely painful.”

In court Thursday, the prosecution hammered away at the defense’s contention that Jackson killed himself by self-injecting propofol, pointing to a medical condition they said made self-injection nearly impossible. The relentless attack was apparently designed to prove that Dr. Conrad Murray lied to police about how much propofol he gave the sleep-deprived singer.

A visibly-angry Murray sat and listened to the prosecution’s expert witness for the third straight court day.

Shafer also emphasized one of the prosecution themes: even if the jury believes the defense’s claim that it was Jackson who desperately grabbed and injected propofol into his own body, Murray is still at fault.

“He is a physician who has brought propofol into the room, started an intravenous, and provided access to propofol to a patient who may, in fact, be developing a dependency on sedatives,” Shafer said. “And, he has been entrusted by Michael Jackson to look after his safety every night. He is responsible for every drop of propofol in that room.”

The defense cross examined Shafer Friday and is expected to begin its case Monday.


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Thursday
Oct202011

Conrad Murray Trial: Propofol Not Fatal When Taken Orally, Expert Says

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- An expert on the anesthetic that killed Michael Jackson testified Thursday that ingesting propofol orally is not fatal.

The prosecution’s final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer from Columbia University, testified that he personally conducted a clinical study that demonstrated that propofol is not absorbed through the stomach and that it is ineffective as an anesthetic when taken orally.

Shafer said it is not fatal when ingested through the mouth as the liver and stomach lining filters the potency from the drug.

The prosecution hammered away at the defense’s contention that Jackson killed himself by self-injecting propofol.

Assistant District Attorney David Walgren asked Shafer, “There was zero possibility this was the cause of Michael Jackson’s death?”

“Correct” answered Shafer.

Shafer said the only workable scenario he can work out that explains how Jackson died is that he was on an IV drip of propofol and did not separately inject himself with the drug.

Earlier, Shafer testified that given the condition of Michael Jackson’s veins and that he was already sedated by Murray, it would be highly be unlikely the singer could wake up and Murray could somehow find a useable vein.

“It is very clearly explained in Dr. Murray’s interview that Michael Jackson did not have good veins, in fact they were so poor he had to start this IV in a vein below the left knee.” Shafer said. “So the possibility of direct self-injection seems extremely unlikely...you would not want to inject into a vein and miss because that would be extremely painful.”

Intense cross-examination of Shafer by the defense could last well into Friday and the defense is expected to present its case.

The defense’s plan includes presenting 15 witnesses to testify on Murray’s character and his side of the medical case.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Michael Jackson Trial: Doctor ‘Not Equipped to Revive Him,’ Expert Says

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A nationally known anesthesiologist testified Wednesday that singer Michael Jackson died because he stopped breathing and his doctor was not equipped to revive him.

“The single most important thing in anesthesia is moving air and oxygen into the lungs,” said Dr. Stephen Shafer of Columbia University in New York.

Shafer was the last witness for the prosecution in the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter case in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Shafer testified without charging his normal fee because he said the public needed to know that propofol is only deadly if misused in an improper setting.

“Everyday in the operating room, I get the question, 'Am I going to get the drug that killed Michael Jackson?' This is not a fear they need to have,” said Shafer. ”When these drugs are given by people who know what they’re doing, they have nothing to fear.”

The jury was shown a video entitled ”An Overview of Safe Administration of Propofol,” which demonstrated the elaborate equipment and personnel used when the anesthetic propofol is administered for surgery.

The demonstration showed how a propofol injection pump is set up and used safely in an operating room setting.

Shafer highlighted how a proper anesthesiologist prepares for propofol use: by having many emergency medical devices on hand, an extensive informed consent process, and copious medical note-taking.

The video featured examples of what happens when things go wrong in surgery -- and how those emergencies are dealt with.

If a patient stops breathing, the anesthesiologist tilts the head to open the airway.

If the cessation of breathing is prolonged, then a mask is put on the patient’s face and air is forced into the lungs.

If the patient goes into cardiac arrest, Shafer said the first thing that an anesthesiologist does is “call for help!” “You’re gonna need it,” Dr. Shafer explained, “and you’re gonna need it now.”

Conrad Murray has been described by prosecutors as criminally, grossly negligent because he administered the dangerous anesthetic without proper equipment and backup personnel and did not immediately call 911.

Instead Murray launched into what prosecutors say was inappropriate and ineffective CPR.

Shafer testified that the amount of propofol Murray ordered to treat his one and only patient at the patient’s home was “an extraordinary amount” -- 15.5 liters, or 4.09 gallons.

If convicted, Murray could face four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death.

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Wednesday
Oct192011

Conrad Murray Trial Resumes Wednesday with Final Prosecution Witness

Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a delay of a couple of days, Conrad Murray's trial resumes Wednesday in Los Angeles with testimony from propofol expert Dr. Steven Shafer.

Shafer is the prosecution's final witness, and he will wrap up his testimony either Wednesday or Thursday.

The defense will begin its case Friday, saying it will call a total of 15 witnesses before resting its case next Wednesday.

Murray is accused of giving Michael Jackson a fatal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic.  He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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Tuesday
Oct182011

Conrad Murray Trial Could Resume Wednesday

David McNew-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Conrad Murray's trial is tentatively scheduled to resume Wednesday.

The defense said it wanted more time to analyze new testing conducted recently by Los Angeles County coroner's officials regarding the level of the sedative lorazepam in Michael Jackson's system at the time of his death.

The defense has theorized that Jackson swallowed eight lorazepam pills, though the coroner's tests indicate that the levels of lorazepam in his system were low.

Murray, who's accused of giving Jackson a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop icon's death in June of 2009.

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