LOS ANGELES (AP) - Testimony has resumed in the involuntary manslaughter case against the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death.
Prosecutors called an executive from a company that manufactures a device that measures pulse and oxygen levels in the blood. Authorities recovered the $275 device after Jackson’s death.
Nonin Medical executive Bob Johnson told jurors Friday that the model had no audible alarm and is not intended to be used for continuous monitoring of patients.
Prosecutors have said Dr. Conrad Murray lacked the proper monitoring and life-saving equipment when he was giving Jackson doses of the surgical anesthetic propofol.
Murray has pleaded not guilty.
Jurors are expected Friday to hear from paramedics who responded to the singer’s rented mansion and tried to revive him.
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Paramedics who responded to Michael Jackson’s mansion the day he died were expected to testify Friday in the trial of the pop star’s doctor who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Martin Blount and Richard Senneff had previously testified at a preliminary hearing that Dr. Conrad Murray never mentioned giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and told them the singer lost consciousness moments before an ambulance was called. Both men believed the singer had died by the time they arrived in June 2009, but Murray insisted the performer be taken to a hospital for more resuscitation efforts.
The prosecution witnesses will likely provide jurors more insight into Jackson’s final moments as futile attempts were made to revive the unresponsive superstar as the trial enters its fourth day.
On Thursday, a pair of Jackson staffers described the chaotic scene at the rented mansion. Personal chef Kai Chase said she was preparing a spinach Cobb salad for Jackson when a panicked and flustered Murray came down a spiral staircase shouting for her to get security and the singer’s son, Prince.
“His energy was very nervous and frantic,” said Chase, who added she ran to get Jackson’s son in a nearby room. “I said, `Hurry, Dr. Murray needs you. Something may be wrong with your father.”
Chase said later she saw paramedics and security running upstairs to Jackson’s bedroom where he lay and some of the house staff were crying, unsure of what was happening.
“The children were crying and screaming,” she said. “We started hugging. We came together, held hands and we began to pray.”
Bodyguard Alberto Alvarez said he went to help Jackson after the singer’s assistant called him on his cellphone. Shocked at seeing Jackson lying motionless in his bed, eyes slightly open, Alvarez barely had time to react when he heard the singer’s daughter scream “Daddy!” from the doorway. He led her and Prince from the room, trying to comfort them.