News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Weds. Oct. 4, 2011: Four girlfriends of Michael Jackson’s Caribbean-born doctor yesterday gave varied accounts of their conversations with Dr. Conrad Murray on the day the King of Pop died.
Prosecutors called all four to testify in the trial of the Grenada-born doctor, which continued for the sixth day Tuesday. Sade Anding, a Houston cocktail waitress, told jurors that Murray called her to chat shortly before noon on June 25, 2009.
Anding said she and Murray spoke for about five or six minutes before she realized that the doctor was no longer listening. “I said, ‘Hello. Hello.’ I didn’t hear anything,” she told the jury.
Prosecutors have claimed Murray dropped the call when he realized Jackson was in mortal danger after he had earlier administered an intravenous dose of a propofol to the singer.
They say instead of monitoring his patient intensely, Dr. Murray used his cellphone to call patients and his girlfriends.
Another girlfriend, Bridgette Morgan, has testified that she called Murray at 11:26 a.m. on June 25 but he did not answer since he was on a 32-minute phone call with his Las Vegas office that had begun at 11:18 a.m.
Murray also called Nicole Alvarez, with whom he shared a four-month-old son, on June 25th, but this time from the ambulance in which a lifeless and unresponsive Jackson was being transported to UCLA Medical Center.
“I remember him telling me that he was on the way to the hospital in the ambulance with Mr. Jackson and not to be alarmed,” she testified. “He didn’t want me to be worried because he knew I would learn this through the news.”
Alvarez has also testified to receiving seven separate shipments from April to June 2009 at her apartment from a Las Vegas pharmacy, including 255 vials of propofol.
The trial resume today.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at age 50 from an overdose of the powerful sedative propofol.
Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and he and his attorneys have denied he gave Jackson anything that should have killed the pop superstar. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical license.