- Associated Press - Monday, January 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A detective testified Monday that the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson told police he had given the singer a powerful anesthetic at least six nights a week for two months before he died.

Dr. Conrad Murray also acknowledged giving propofol to Jackson about 10:40 a.m. on the morning he died and said he only left Jackson alone for two minutes before returning to find the singer not breathing, Los Angeles police detective Orlando Martinez testified.

Murray also told police he had given Jackson several sedatives intravenously earlier in the day, Martinez said.

Phone records show paramedics were not called until 12:21 p.m., and prosecutors contend the singer was dead before help arrived.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked the detective whether the doctor explained why he didn’t immediately call 911.

“He said he was caring for his patient and he did not want to neglect him,” Martinez said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors contend he administered a lethal mix of propofol and other sedatives to the singer.

Martinez said Murray reported giving the pop star 25 milligrams of the anesthetic _ about half the usual dose.

Murray told police Jackson had been complaining about not being able to sleep and said he might have to cancel his series of planned London comeback concerts.

Earlier testimony by a pharmacist showed Murray purchased 255 vials of propofol during the three months before the singer died.

Murray bought 130 vials of propofol in 100-milliliter doses and another 125 vials in the smaller dose of 20 milliliters, said Tim Lopez, owner of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where Murray has a clinic.

Lopez took the witness stand during the fifth day of a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for Murray, who was Jackson’s personal physician, to stand trial.

The four shipments of propofol were purchased between April 6 and June 10, 2009, with most of the drugs shipped to the Santa Monica home of Murray’s girlfriend, testimony showed. Jackson died on June 25.

Murray also purchased sedatives known as benzodiazpines, Lopez testified.

Lopez said he was first contacted by Murray in November 2008 for information about buying Benoquin, a depigmentation cream used to treat the skin disease vitiligo. Jackson was known to suffer from the ailment, but Lopez said Murray told him he had many African-American patients suffering from the disorder.

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