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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.