- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A paramedic who responded to Michael Jackson’s mansion says the doctor charged in his death never mentioned he had given the singer a powerful anesthetic.

Richard Senneff testified Wednesday that Dr. Conrad’s Murray’s responses to his questions didn’t add up, since the singer looked pale and thin and the paramedic noticed an IV stand in the room.

Senneff says he initially thought Jackson was a hospice patient.

He testified during Murray’s preliminary hearing that the doctor said he’d given Jackson lorazepam to help him sleep. He says the Houston-based cardiologist also told him the singer had just become unconscious.

However, Senneff says he soon found that Jackson’s legs were cold and an EKG was mostly flat.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol, an anesthetic normally administered in hospitals. He has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.


AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ As Michael Jackson’s lifeless body lay on a bed in his palatial mansion, a bodyguard obeyed a frantic doctor’s instructions to bag up medicine bottles and intravenous bags and shield the Jackson children from seeing their father _ all before being told to call 911, court testimony revealed Wednesday.

Alberto Alvarez said he was the first security guard to reach Jackson’s room after word came that something was wrong. He described a shocking scene.

The King of Pop was on his bed connected to an IV tube and a urinary catheter. His eyes and mouth were open, and Dr. Conrad Murray was leaning over him doing one-handed chest compressions to try to revive him.

Alvarez said he was “frozen” at the sight.

“I said, ‘Dr. Murray, what happened?’ And he said, ‘He had a reaction. He had a bad reaction,’” Alvarez recalled.

The testimony came during a preliminary hearing to determine if Murray, the singer’s personal physician, will be tried on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

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