Saturday 16 December 2017

No evidence that Jackson took fatal dose himself, court told

A photograph of Michael Jackson's body is projected by the prosecution during Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial. Photo: AP
A photograph of Michael Jackson's body is projected by the prosecution during Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial. Photo: AP

Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles

A Los Angeles court was told yesterday how Michael Jackson's mother broke down in tears when she was told that her pop star son had died, and the singer's daughter Paris said she did not want to be an orphan.

Katherine Jackson wept again in the courtroom as the manslaughter trial of "Thriller" singer's physician, Dr Conrad Murray, entered its third week.

Jurors heard Dr Murray tell police in a taped interview about the dramatic hours at the hospital on June 25, 2009, where Jackson was officially pronounced dead.

Dr Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death, said he went with an emergency room doctor on that day to tell Katherine Jackson that her son had died. "She broke down and began weeping. We stayed there, held her hand," Murray told police in the interview, recorded two days after Jackson's death aged 50.

The jury heard how a coroner who conducted the post- mortem on Michael Jackson says there is no evidence supporting the theory by lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray that the star gave himself a fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol.

Dr Christopher Rogers also told a jury in Los Angeles that the singer was healthier than most people his age and his heart did not show the usual signs of fatty buildup generally seen in men the same age.

Dr Rogers explained how coroner's officials determined the 50-year-old singer died in June 2009 from acute propofol intoxication.

The determination led to prosecutors charging Dr Murray with involuntary manslaughter. The cardiologist has pleaded not guilty.

Earlier the trial was told how Jackson's sister Rebbie put her arm around her mother as Dr Murray said on the tape he had recommended that a post- mortem be conducted on Jackson to determine how he died.


Police later determined Jackson died from an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol combined with sedatives.

Dr Murray has admitted to police that he gave propofol to Jackson as a sleep aid, but his lawyers have claimed Jackson gave himself an extra, fatal dose of propofol, causing his death.

Dr Murray told police he went into a room at the hospital with Jackson's manager, his personal assistant and a social worker, and found the singer's three children eating.

The doctor said he did not remember who specifically informed the children their father had died, but that they began weeping.

"I stayed there, I hugged them all, gave them all comfort," Murray said on the tape.

Paris Jackson, then aged 11, said she did not "want to be an orphan," he recalled.

Irish Independent

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