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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A coroner’s official said Tuesday that Michael Jackson was mostly healthy, but the doctor charged in his death provided substandard care.
Dr. Christopher Rogers testified that Dr. Conrad Murray was improperly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat the musician for insomnia, and that Murray was wrong to leave Jackson’s side while he was under anesthesia before he died.
“The care was substandard,” Rogers said. “There were several actions that should have been taken, but we don’t have any actions they were taken in this case.”
However, the forensic pathologist said Jackson may have swallowed some of the drug based on the amount found in his stomach.
Prosecutors contend Murray demonstrated “an extreme deviation from the standard of care” by administering propofol without the proper equipment and botching efforts to resuscitate the singer.
On Tuesday, a detective said Murray spent nearly three hours telling police about his final hours with the superstar who was so desperate for sleep that he was getting the anesthetic injections in his bedroom six nights a week.
Murray’s interview two days after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, led police back to the singer’s mansion, where they found 12 vials of propofol _ a fraction of the 255 vials a Las Vegas pharmacist said he shipped to Murray in the three months before Jackson died of a lethal combination of propofol and other sedatives.
Detective Orlando Martinez was the 20th witness called by prosecutors during the hearing. Murray told Martinez he did everything he could the morning of June 25 to get the pop superstar to sleep.
Murray told police the singer was growing frustrated and repeatedly warned he might have to cancel the planned 50 comeback concerts in London because he couldn’t sleep. He wanted his “milk,” which the detective was the word Jackson used for propofol.
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