Witnesses describe chaotic scene at Michael Jackson home

LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – A former bodyguard for  Michael Jackson testified yesterday that the pop star’s  doctor asked him to grab vials of medicine and an IV bag before  an ambulance was called for Jackson the day he died.

Witnesses on the third day of the involuntary manslaughter  trial of Dr. Conrad Murray over Jackson’s 2009 death described  a chaotic scene at the singer’s mansion that day, and attorneys  for the physician challenged their recollections.

Prosecutors say Murray, who has admitted to giving Jackson  the powerful anesthetic propofol that morning as a sleep aid,  had discovered Jackson was not breathing at around 11:56 a.m.

Jackson’s personal chef described Murray running  frantically down the stairs at the singer’s Los Angeles mansion  between 12:05 p.m. and 12:10 p.m. on June 25, 2009.

“His energy was very nervous and frantic and he was  shouting, ‘Get help, get security, get (Jackson’s then 12  year-old son) Prince’,” chef Kai Chase testified.

Bodyguard Alberto Alvarez was one of the first members of  the household to arrive in Jackson’s bedroom.

“While I was standing at the foot of the bed, he (Murray)  reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and then he said  ‘Here put them in a bag’,” Alvarez testified. Alvarez said Murray then pointed toward an IV stand by  Jackson’s bed and told him to grab one of the saline bags  hanging there and take it away.
The bag had “what appeared to me like a milky white  substance. I recall seeing it at the bottom of the (saline)  bag,” Alvarez said.


Prosecutors say the milky substance was propofol, which  authorities deemed to be the main cause of Jackson’s death.
Prosecutors have suggested Murray was trying to cover up  evidence of the drugs he had given Jackson by having them  bagged up, and not immediately calling for an ambulance.

But Murray’s defense attorney, Ed Chernoff, questioned  Alvarez’s memory of that day.
“Can you think of any reasons why Dr. Murray would conspire  with you to hide evidence,” Chernoff asked Alvarez, after the  guard had admitted that he did not know Murray well.

Alvarez did not get a chance to answer because prosecutors  objected and the judge squashed the inquiry.

Chernoff also grilled Alvarez about how, according to his  testimony, he could have found the time within a minute or less  of walking into Jackson’s bedroom to usher the children out the  door, bag up the drugs and take down an IV bag, before calling  for an ambulance at 12:20 p.m.

“I’m very efficient, sir,” Alvarez said, to chuckles in the  courtroom.

Asked why he complied with Murray’s request to remove the  bag and vials of medicine, Alvarez told the court, “I thought  we were packing to get him ready to go to the hospital.”

Chase, the chef, was grilled by defense attorneys about  why, when Murray asked her to get help, she first went to get  Jackson’s son Prince.
“I want to ask you why you did not get security?” said  attorney J. Michael Flanagan.

“Because at the time what I saw was a human being (Prince)  in front of me and that was the best choice I could make,”  Chase said.

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