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Authorities contend Murray administered a fatal dose of propofol and other sedatives. Murray’s attorneys claim Jackson gave himself the fatal dose after his doctor left the room.
After trying multiple heart-starting medications and other efforts, Jackson was still lifeless.
Prosecutors on Friday also called an executive for the maker of a fingertip medical device used by Murray to monitor oxygen in Jackson’s blood.
Nonin Medical executive Bob Johnson told jurors the $275 device was not adequate to continuously monitor patients because it did not have an audible alarm and other features that would alert a caretaker to problems.
Jurors also heard from a former Murray patient who lauded the doctor’s treatment of him, but said his cardiologist became increasingly distant and hard to reach while working with Jackson.
“I felt like I was getting the best care in the world,” said Robert Russell of Las Vegas, before Murray became the singer’s personal physician.
After Murray began treating Jackson, Russell said he couldn’t get answers about his own treatment. He called Murray’s office on June 25, 2009 _ the day Jackson died _ and demanded to speak to the doctor.
The doctor left him a voicemail at 11:49 a.m. Prosecutors are using records to show that Murray was on the phone in the moments before he realized Jackson was unconscious.
Russell told jurors Murray’s message seemed odd because the doctor said he was going on sabbatical, despite telling the salesman and his wife months earlier that he was going to work for Jackson.
Prosecutors are expected to call another paramedic who treated Jackson.
Murray’s trial is expected to last five weeks and is in its fourth day.
AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this report
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