Michael Jackson’s Doctor Had Employee Stash Evidence
In day two of the pre-trial hearings for Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, a bodyguard told the court that the doctor instructed him to help confiscate medical paraphernalia from the singer's bedroom on the morning he was pronounced dead.
Jackson died suddenly from drug-induced respiratory arrest on June 25, 2009. Alberto Alvarez said he walked into Jackson's bedroom that morning to Murray giving the King of Pop CPR with one hand. Murray then asked Alvarez to place vials and an IV drip bag containing an opaque substance into separate plastic bags that were later put into a brown canvas bag. An estimated 20 minutes passed from the time Murray found Jackson lifeless until a call to paramedics was placed. Alvarez said he did not know what happened to the bags.
Prosecutors are probing Murray's questionable actions, especially the delay in calling 911, in determining if Murray is responsible for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The doctor was hired as the singer's personal physician as he prepared for his 50-date residency at London's O2 Arena. The pre-trial hearing, to last two weeks, will determine if Murray must fight for his innocence in a full trial.
Members of Jackson's family -- his parents and sisters Janet, LaToya and Rebe -- were present at the Wednesday hearing.