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Ortega said he became concerned on June 19, 2009, when Jackson arrived at Staples Center for rehearsal.

“He didn’t look well at all. Michael was chilled and soft-spoken. … He wasn’t in the kind of condition to be at rehearsal,” Ortega said.

Under questioning by the prosecutor, Ortega described Jackson and their conversation.

“He appeared really lost. It was scary. I couldn’t put my finger on it. I said, ‘Michael, is this the best place for you to be or do you want to go home and be with your family?’” Ortega said.

“He said, ‘Would you be OK with that?’ I said, ‘OK,’ and he left,” the witness said.

Walgren, however, said during his opening statement that Jackson had a “fabulous” rehearsal two days before his death and was set to go to London in a few days.

Jackson died on June 25. Authorities contend Murray gave him a lethal dose of propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion.

“The evidence will show through the expert testimony, by all accounts, Michael Jackson was dead in the bedroom at 100 North Carrolwood prior to the paramedics arriving,” Walgren said.

Murray had been giving Jackson propofol, an anesthetic normally administered in hospital settings, six nights a week for roughly two months before his death, the prosecutor said.

Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, declined to give an opening statement.

Jackson’s mother Katherine and his sister LaToya and brother Jermaine attended the proceedings.

At the end of the multi-day hearing, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial. The Houston cardiologist has pleaded not guilty and his attorneys have said he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

Walgren said he will rely on Murray’s statements to police, as well as text messages, phone records and expert testimony to show the doctor should stand trial.

He said evidence will show Murray waited at least 21 minutes to call 911 and ordered a bodyguard to help him clean up evidence before summoning help. In the most favorable scenario, Walgren said, Murray waited at least nine minutes before calling paramedics.

He faulted the doctor in opening statements for performing CPR on Jackson with one hand on his bed, rather than a hard surface as is generally required.

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