Murray’s account disclosed a long history of Jackson’s reliance on propofol.
Jackson told him he had received the drug from doctors in Germany and then from a Las Vegas physician, Dr. David Adams, who came to Murray’s office and put Jackson to sleep for hours with the anesthetic. Adams is slated to testify later in the trial.
Adams’ lawyer, Liborius Agwara, previously said Adams administered propofol to Jackson four times in 2008 to assist a dental surgeon.
Murray sat next to his lawyers as the tape played in the hushed courtroom. The only sound came from jurors turning pages of the 125-page transcripts given to them.
The doctor’s story, interrupted infrequently by detectives’ questions, was probably his substitute for testifying in the two-week old trial. It offered him the chance to describe his treatment of Jackson without cross-examination.
The interview made clear that detectives knew nothing about propofol before Murray mentioned Jackson’s dependence on it. When Murray said that Jackson had demanded “his milk,” his nickname for the drug, Detective Scott Smith asked, “Hot milk?”
No, the doctor said. Murray then described the anesthetic.
Jackson remained awake for hours after returning home around 1 a.m. on June 25, 2009, after rehearsals. “It was 4 o’clock in the morning, and then he complained,” Murray said. “‘I’ve got to sleep Dr. Conrad. I have these rehearsals to perform.’”
Jackson threatened to cancel that day’s rehearsal, so Murray gave him some more lorazepam.
Over the course of the interview, Murray told police that other doctors had given the anesthetic before. Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told the detectives that Jackson was familiar with how the drug was administered through an IV and certain dosages.
Murray said Jackson actually asked him if he could “push it” through the IV himself and said he had done it before.
The doctor said he did not allow Jackson to do it.
At times during later portions of the interview that will be played Tuesday, Murray expresses his frustration that he didn’t know what other doctors were giving Jackson.
But by the end of the interview, it becomes clear that Murray and his attorney sat down with detectives because they thought they had already found three bags filled with medical equipment, syringes and propofol bottles in Jackson’s closet. Detectives wouldn’t find the items until two days after the interview with Murray.
Murray told the detectives he always put the medications and equipment he used on Jackson away “because he wanted me not to have anything hanging around.”