Friday, September 30, 2011

Medic: Info from Jackson doctor didn't add up

The doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death never revealed that he had given the singer a powerful anesthetic, a paramedic told a jury hearing the physician's involuntary manslaughter case Friday.
Paramedic Richard Senneff said Dr. Conrad Murray told him that he had only given Jackson the sedative lorazepam. He said Murray initially said Jackson wasn't suffering from any condition.
Murray eventually told medics that he was treating the singer for exhaustion and dehydration, he said. The doctor did not mention that he had been giving Jackson the surgical anesthetic propofol to help the singer sleep.
Murray appeared frantic when the paramedic arrived in the bedroom on the day of Jackson's death in June 2009, Senneff said. He had to ask Murray three times about what condition Jackson had before the doctor answered.
"He said, 'Nothing. He has nothing,'" Senneff said.
"Simply, that did not add up to me."
The veteran paramedic said Jackson was cool to the touch, his eyes were open and dry and had an IV in his leg. Senneff was one of four paramedics who worked to try to revive Jackson.
Murray, 58, has pleaded not \ to involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, Murray could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license.
Prosecutors contend the Houston-based cardiologist repeatedly lied to medics and emergency room doctors about medications he had been giving Jackson in the singer's bedroom.
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.
Meanwhile, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys not to speak publicly about the case. He didn't specify the reason for his decision, but said a violation could result in a contempt of court charge.
Pastor had earlier told attorneys not to comment on his rulings.
Pastor ordered Houston attorney Matt Alford to appear in court Friday afternoon. Alford, who is a partner of defense attorney Ed Chernoff, appeared earlier in the day on NBC's "The Today Show" in which he said the jury was smart enough to know prosecutors haven't proven their case.More...

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