- Associated Press - Thursday, January 6, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A paramedic testified Thursday that he saw the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson grab three bottles of painkillers and place the vials in a bag during futile efforts to revive the pop star at his mansion.

Paramedic Martin Blount said he was surprised to see the bottles because defendant Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he hadn’t given Jackson any drugs.

“I saw three small bottles of lidocaine,” Blount testified. “He scooped them off the floor and put them into a black bag.”

Murray also produced a hypodermic needle at one point and wanted to use it on the singer, but Blount and other paramedics refused, according to the testimony.


Blount described Murray as frantic and sweating profusely at the time.

The paramedic was the seventh witness called at a preliminary hearing after which a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

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.

The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors also introduced Murray’s cell phone records as evidence, showing he made several calls in the hours before Jackson died. The longest call of 32 minutes was to the cardiologist’s medical office in Houston.

It ended at 11:50 a.m., and Murray made two other calls before frantically calling Jackson’s personal assistant at 12:12 p.m., the records show.

The assistant, Michael Amir Williams, previously testified that he missed the call but reached Murray three minutes later. Records show the men spoke for three minutes.

A 911 call summoning paramedics was made at 12:21 p.m.

Murray also made a phone call in the ambulance as Jackson was being transported to UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, according to testimony by Blount and another paramedic, Richard Senneff, .

That two-minute call was to Murray’s girlfriend, Nicole Alvarez, who might testify in the case on Friday.

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