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Dr. Conrad Murray sits near the bailiff as he appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on April 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
Los Angeles County prosecutors questioned another of Michael Jackson’s employees yesterday about the day the pop singer died.
The testimony was part of the second day of the preliminary hearing for Jackson’s personal physician. He’s charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death.
Prosecutors contend Dr. Conrad Murray’s use of propofol to treat Jackson’s insomnia was an “extreme deviation from the standard of care.”
In other words, doctors don’t use such a powerful sedative on a patient who can’t sleep – and they don’t use it without equipment to monitor a patient’s breathing and heart rate. Murray did both – and Michael Jackson is dead.
Prosecutors are building a case that Murray knew using propofol was dangerous. They called one of Jackson’s employees – Alberto Alvarez – to testify.
He said the day Jackson died, he saw Murray grabbing up vials and bottles in the singer’s room. He said Murray told him to put them in a plastic bag - and put that bag into a paper bag. Alvarez said Murray also had him take down an IV bag.
He said Murray then told him to call 911. Alvarez said while he was on the phone, Dr. Murray asked whether anyone knew CPR.