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Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion before he died on June 25, 2009.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said in his opening statement that Jackson was already dead when Murray summoned help and tried to conceal his administering of propofol to the pop star, ordering the bodyguard to collect items before paramedics were called.

Murray was providing Jackson propofol roughly six times a week since being hired as the singer’s personal physician in May 2009, as Jackson prepared for a series of comeback concerts, Walgren said.

On the witness stand, Alvarez recalled Jackson’s children Paris and Prince walking into the room during the effort to revive their father.

“Paris screamed, ‘Daddy!’ and she started to cry. Dr. Murray said, ‘Get them out. Don’t let them see him like this,’” the bodyguard said.

Alvarez’s voice choked as he described Paris crying and he took a moment to compose himself.

“I said, ‘children, don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.’ And I escorted them out and left the door ajar,” Alvarez said.

In the courtroom audience, Jackson’s mother, Katherine, dabbed at her eyes during the most detailed public account yet of events surrounding the death of her son. She came to court with her husband, Joe, and children Randy, Janet and LaToya. They made no eye contact with Murray across the courtroom.

They heard Alvarez testify that he helped Murray bag the medicine and saw an unidentified “white milky substance” in the bottom of an intravenous bag.

“He just grabbed a handful of bottles, or vials, and he instructed me to put them in a bag,” Alvarez testified, adding Murray also told him to place an intravenous bag into another sack.

“Is it true that 911 had not been called yet?” Walgren asked.

“That’s true,” Alvarez replied.

After collecting everything and bagging it, Alvarez said, Murray told him to call 911. The prosecutor then played a recording of the call.

Alvarez was heard on the tape telling the 911 operator that Jackson’s private doctor was there, and she responded that he would be “the higher authority.”

When the operator said to transfer Jackson to the floor, Alvarez grabbed Jackson’s legs and Murray grabbed his upper body. He said at that point he noticed the IV in Jackson’s leg that had to be removed. Alvarez also saw that Jackson had the urinary catheter.

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