Patrick Healy, Tommy Bravo
Coroner takes stand and testifies that Michael Jackson did not self-administer propofol. Jurors also heard the remainder of Dr. Murray's interview with detectives after Jackson's death.
Jurors in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial Tuesday heard him explain why he gave Michael Jackson a powerful anesthetic and details about his encounter with the King of Pop's family at the hospital shortly after his superstar patient's death on June 25, 2009.
The statements were part of the doctor's two-hour interview with detectives, recorded two days after Jackson died. The recording concluded Tuesday, the 10th day of the trial.
During the interview, Murray said he told Jackson's daughter, Paris, at the hospital that he did his best to save her father.
"She said, 'I know that Dr. Murray. At least I know. I know you tried your best,'" Murray told investigators. "'I know you tried your best, but I'm really sad. You know, I will wake up in the morning and I won't be able to see my daddy.' She cried and was very stark.''
He described holding hands with Jackson family members at the hospital and telling them he wanted an autopsy performed to find out what happened, according to the transcript.
Murray's timeline of events included details about the drugs he administered to his famous patient and where the medications and other items could be found. The interview ended shortly after Murray told detectives that they could find three bags in Jackson's bedroom closet that contained syringes, vials of the anesthetic propofol and other medical equipment.
The coroner's report cited "acute propofol intoxication" in Jackson's death.
"Everything I use, I would put it quickly into the bag and just put it into the cupboard because (Jackson) wanted me not to have anything hanging around," Murray told investigators near the end of the interview.
"Where's your bag where those syringes would be at now?" LAPD detective Scott Smith asked.
"In that same bedroom, in the closet where it always stays," Murray responded.
Smith testified Tuesday that Murray seemed surprised to learn detectives had not already recovered the items.
"He seemed very surprised,'' Smith said Tuesday. "His eyes got bigger, wider, as if he was surprised.''
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After describing what they had already found at the mansion, including marijuana in a suitcase, jurors heard Murray repeatedly describe to detectives how he cared for his patient.
"We found a small portion of marijuana in his room. Did you know him to be a smoker?" detective Scott Smith asked.
"No. Marijuana?" Murray responded. "He denied so clearly... I gave Mr. Jackson love. I cared about him. I tried to help him. That's all I was trying to do. And, I feel that now to know that, you know, he would be using things like that..."
"Well, the marijuana we found was old," Smith added. "It had already rotted away."
The LAPD interview, which turned a death inquiry into a homicide investigation, is considered an important piece of the prosecution's case. It had never been played before in public and a transcript had never been released.
"By doing that, they allow the police to nail him to specific timelines, to specific actions he took, that may come back to haunt him," said attorney Tom Mesereau, who represented Jackson during his 2005 molestation trial.
Coroner: No Evidence Jackson Administered Fatal Dose
After the recording concluded, prosecutors called to the stand the coroner who conducted the autopsy on Jackson's body. Dr. Christopher Rogers testified Tuesday that there is no medical evidence to support the defense's theory that Jackson self-administered a fatal dose of propofol after Murray left his bedroom at a rented Holmby Hills mansion.
Prosecutors argue that Murray administered the fatal dose of the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol, then failed to properly monitor his patient at the rented Holmby Hills mansion. Witnesses called to the stand during the trial's first two weeks have testified that Murray was on the phone with his girlfriends and sending e-mails during critical minutes of June 25, 2009, but Murray claimed he only left Jackson's side for a few minutes.
As a picture of Jackson's body was shown to jurors, Rogers testified that Jackson was healthier than most people his age. Jackson's heart did not show the usual signs of fat buildup often seen in men in their 50s, he said.