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More Impressions of the Michael Jackson Homicide Trial

Sep 30, 2011 | | Michael Jackson homicide trial | No Comments

Key testimony from prosecution witnesses and what it means:

Alberto Alvarez: MJ security staff member. Saw Conrad Murray attach a device to MJ’s finger (presumably a pulse oximeter) after having called for help because MJ “had a bad reaction.”

Robert Johnson: Representative of pulse oximeter manufacturer. Based on the labeling and warnings associated with the pulse oximeter Conrad Murray had in his possession, Murray should not have left MJ alone after medicating him so heavily. The device had no alarm to alert Murray if MJ’s heart rate or oxygen reached dangerous levels.

So … it appears that Murray does not read labels of medications or devices. And not only did Murray have inadequate (the cheapest) equipment; he also failed to use it.

Robert Russell: Murray’s cardiology patient. Supported the notion that Murray did not provide patients anesthesia in his daily cardiology practice. Bolstered a key prosecution theme: Murray placed his own interests over those of his patients. And Murray “abandoned” his patients. Murray tried to hedge, or to have his cake and eat it too, by attempting to keep his cardiology practice running while he was MJ’s full-time physician. Russell was indignant and offended that Murray appeared not to know who he was or recall the facts of his case with any significant precision when Murray called Russell at 9 a.m. on June 25, 2009 (three hours before MJ’s death). Do you think Murray had Russell’s medical records in front of him at the time of the call?!

Richard Senneff: Paramedic. Murray was “frantic” when Senneff arrived. A frantic physician does not have control over a situation. MJ had cool skin, open, dry, and dilated eyes at the time Senneff arrived. Senneff saw Murray picking up items in the bedroom after MJ was taken downstairs, then left Murray in the bedroom alone. Also noted Murray on a mobile phone call while in the ambulance with MJ on the way to the hospital. What could have been more important at that moment than trying to revive his patient?!

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