A Los Angeles paramedic has accused Michael Jackson's personal physician DR. Conrad Murray of lying to him about the medication the King of Pop was taking at the time of his death.
Richard Senneff, who was among the medics who responded to an emergency call made by a Jackson security guard on the day the singer passed away, testified in court on Friday (30Sep11), the fourth day of Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial.
He told the jurors Dr. Murray was "frantic" when he arrived at Jackson's rented Los Angeles home, and much of what he told the paramedic was more than a little odd.
Senneff testified that Murray told him the singer had no underlying medical condition, and that he had given him only the mild sedative Lorazepam so he could get to sleep. The doctor said he was treating Jackson only for dehydration and exhaustion and failed to mention Jackson was taking the surgical anaesthetic Propofol, which led to his death.
The paramedic told the court, "That did not add up for me."
One of Dr. Murray's former patients, Robert Russell, took the witness stand on Friday too and told the court the physician had performed open-heart surgery on him and saved his life - only to announce that he would not be able to counsel him through his recovery because he had signed up to become Jackson's personal doctor.
Russell told the court, "I was dismayed, flabbergasted; I felt left out, I felt abandoned."
Also appearing in court on Friday was a medical equipment representative, who claimed Dr. Murray's cost-cutting methods could have been the difference between life and death for his celebrity patient.
Robert Johnson, a spokesman for Nonin Medical, told jurors the pulse-and-blood-oxygen monitor Murray was using in Jackson's bedroom was not suitable for "constant monitoring" of a patient. He explained that for $40 ($25)-a-month more, Murray could have rented equipment that would have automatically alerted him to problems.
Earlier this week (begs26Sep11), Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff claimed Jackson had administered the anaesthetic that killed him and died so quickly he didn't have time to close his eyes after taking it.
The trial, which began on Tuesday (27Sep11), continues. Witnesses have so far included two of Jackson's security guards, his personal assistant, the singer's personal chef and Kenny Ortega, the choreographer/director behind the superstar's This Is It comeback concerts.
Dr. Murray is accused of administering the fatal dose of Propofol that cost Jackson his life in June, 2009. The physician has pleaded not guilty.