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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jurors hearing the case against the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death have heard the physician describe how he told the singer’s family about the pop superstar’s demise.
Dr. Conrad Murray calmly told police detectives on June 27, 2009, about how he says he cautiously told Jackson’s mother and held her hand while she cried.
He also described telling the singer’s children about their father’s death and Jackson’s daughter’s fears about being left an orphan.
Prosecutors continued playing a more-than-two-hour interview of Murray by detectives on Tuesday, the trial’s 10th day.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
He is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol and sedatives, although Murray’s attorneys claim the singer gave himself the fatal dose.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
The jury hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s personal physician is expected Tuesday to listen to the conclusion of the doctor’s police interview that occurred two days after the singer’s death.
Prosecutors began playing the more-than two hour recording Friday afternoon, but it was interrupted by the end of the court day. The remainder of Dr. Conrad Murray’s interview with two police detectives includes his description of telling Jackson’s mother and young children that the singer had died on June 25, 2009.
The interview ends shortly after the Houston-based cardiologist revealed where to find three bags in Jackson’s bedroom closet that contained vials of the anesthetic propofol and other medical equipment.
Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic and other sedatives while trying to help the singer sleep. Murray’s attorneys however say that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose when the doctor left the room. Murray has pleaded not guilty.
The interview is Murray’s version of events in Jackson’s bedroom in the days and hours before the singer’s unexpected death, but it is not the one that prosecutors want jurors to believe.
The cardiologist told police that he had only left Jackson alone for a couple of minutes to use the restroom before returning to find the entertainer unresponsive. But phone records presented during the trial, now entering its third week, show that Murray made multiple phone calls before realizing Jackson had stopped breathing _ including a 32-minute call to one of his medical clinics and another call to a girlfriend.
Murray made no mention of the calls during his police interview.
He told the detectives, who at that point hadn’t yet ruled Jackson’s death a homicide, that he thought the singer was becoming addicted to propofol after nightly treatments of the medication by Murray for roughly two months. He said he was trying to wean him off when things went wrong.
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