- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 5, 2011

LOS ANGELES | As Michael Jackson’s lifeless body lay on a bed in his palatial mansion, a bodyguard obeyed a frantic doctor’s instructions to bag up medicine bottles and intravenous bags and shield the Jackson children from seeing their father — all before being told to call 911, court testimony revealed Wednesday.

Alberto Alvarez said he was the first security guard to reach Mr. Jackson’s room after word came that something was wrong. He described a shocking scene.

The King of Pop was on his bed connected to an IV tube and a urinary catheter. His eyes and mouth were open, and Dr. Conrad Murray was leaning over him doing one-handed chest compressions to try to revive him.

Mr. Alvarez said he was “frozen” at the sight.

“I said, ‘Dr. Murray, what happened?’ And he said, ‘He had a reaction. He had a bad reaction,’” Mr. Alvarez recalled.

The testimony came during a preliminary hearing to determine whether Dr. Murray, the singer’s personal physician, will be tried on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities contend Dr. Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion before he died June 25, 2009.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said in his opening statement that Jackson was already dead when Dr. Murray summoned help and tried to conceal his administering of propofol to the pop star, ordering the bodyguard to collect items before paramedics were called.

Dr. Murray was providing Jackson propofol roughly six times a week since being hired as the singer’s personal physician in May 2009, as Jackson prepared for a series of comeback concerts, Mr. Walgren said.

On the witness stand, Mr. Alvarez recalled Jackson’s children Paris and Prince walking into the room during the effort to revive their father. His voice choked as he described Paris crying and he took a moment to compose himself.

“I said, ‘children, don’t worry, we’ll take care of this.’ And I escorted them out and left the door ajar,” Mr. Alvarez said.

In the courtroom audience, Jackson’s mother, Katherine, dabbed at her eyes during the most detailed public account yet of events surrounding the death of her son. She came to court with her husband, Joe, and children Randy, Janet and LaToya. They made no eye contact with Dr. Murray across the courtroom.

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