Witness: Conrad Murray Stopped CPR To Hide Drugs

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Conrad Murray

According to testimony discovered by the Associated Press, Dr. Conrad Murray stopped CPR on a dying Michael Jackson in order to hide evidence of drugs. Jackson logistics director Alberto Alvarez told police that Murray had him remove an IV bag and several vials of drugs from Jackson’s bedroom before allowing him to call paramedics. Murray, who had been performing CPR with one hand before cleaning the room, also allegedly told Alvarez and driver Faheem Muhammad that he had never attempted the resuscitation method before. After traveling with Jackson’s body to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Michael Amir Williams, Jackson’s personal assistant, says Murray asked to be brought back to the house to remove items, and left the building through a side door when they refused to help. Murray was charged with involuntary manslaughter last month.

Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff, denied the charges, saying Murray had performed CPR numerous times and noting Alvarez failed to bring up the drugs at his first police interview (Murray showed the missing chemicals—hidden in a closet at Jackson’s—to police after questioning). Since Murray is legally qualified to administer Propofol, the anesthetic believed to have killed Michael Jackson, the trial against the doctor hinges on whether Murray was negligent in his administration of the drug, and his treatment of Jackson’s “bad reaction.”

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