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September 30th, 2011
12:13 AM ET

Testimony continues on day 3 of Conrad Murray trial

The trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician continued Thursday, a day after jurors heard that the pop star's two oldest children were standing just outside the room as Dr. Conrad Murray worked to resuscitate Jackson.

Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol in the bedroom of the singer's rented mansion.

The man who called 911 to Michael Jackson's house the day he died testified Thursday that Dr. Conrad Murray told him to gather up drug vials around Jackson's deathbed before he asked him to place the emergency call.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren blamed Murray for Jackson's death, saying he abandoned "all principles of medical care" when he used a makeshift intravenous drip to administer the surgical anesthetic propofol to put Jackson
to sleep every night for more than two months.

The coroner ruled that Jackson's June 25, 2009, death was the result of "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with sedatives.

Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff contended that Jackson, desperate for sleep, caused his own death by taking a handful of sedatives and self-administering propofol while the doctor was out of the room.

One defense strategy is to point the finger at another doctor and Jackson as having a large role in his death, while arguing Murray was blind to what they were doing.

The prosecution contends that part of the negligence that makes Murray criminally liable for Jackson's death is the lack of monitoring and CPR equipment on hand when Jackson died.

The trial began Tuesday with prosecutors playing a stunning audio recording of an apparently drugged Jackson slurring his words weeks before his death.

Prosecutors also showed jurors a photo of Jackson's corpse on a hospital gurney.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could spend four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.

CNN’s Don Lemon reports on the last 24 hours of Jackson’s life for CNN Presents: “Michael Jackson: The Final Days.”


Filed under: Conrad Murray • Don Lemon • Michael Jackson
September 8th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Jury selection begins in trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor

The search begins Thursday for 18 Los Angeles County citizens who can put aside what they've heard about Michael Jackson's death so they can sit in judgment of the doctor charged with causing it.

In all, up to 450 potential jurors will report to the courthouse in downtown Los Angeles between Thursday and Monday for the selection process in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Murray, who faces trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge, will be introduced to 160 potential jurors who will then answer 30 pages of questions to determine if they are qualified to be on the jury.

Murray's defense is built on the theory that Jackson drank propofol, the surgical anesthetic the coroner concluded killed him, while the doctor was away from his bedside on the morning of June 25, 2009.

Prosecutors contend Murray, who was hired as Jackson's personal physician as the singer rehearsed for comeback concerts, used a makeshift IV drip to administer propofol intended to help Jackson sleep, a practice they argue violated the standard of care and led to the pop icon's death.

CNN’s Don Lemon reports on the last 24 hours of Jackson’s life for CNN Presents: “Michael Jackson: The Final Days.”


Filed under: Conrad Murray • Don Lemon • Michael Jackson