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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray on trial: Updates and live stream


Dr. Conrad Murray wipes a tear during the opening arguments in his trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson. (POOL - REUTERS)
The trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, has ended.

(The Michael Jackson death trial: Is it too upsetting to follow?)

What happened in court on Monday, Nov. 7

A jury declared Murray guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Read more from Celebritology.

What happened in court on Friday, Nov. 4

The jury began deliberations.

What happened in court on Thursday, Nov. 3

The prosecution and defense made their closing arguments.

Prosecutor David Walgren argued that Murray was responsible for the death of Jackson. He pointed out that no other physician called to the stand said they would have treated Jackson in his home with propfol.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff argued that Jackson was to blame for his own death, administering the lethal dose of propofol when Murray left the room.

The jury, a panel of seven men and five women, will begin deliberations Friday.

Watch Walgren’s closing arguments below.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Court was not in session.

What happened in court on Tuesday, Nov. 1

Murray told the judge he would not testify on his own behalf. The defense rested.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Monday, Oct. 31

Dr. Paul White testified that he wouldn’t have given Jackson propofol for payment.

When asked by the prosecution, White said he was paid $11,000 for his services.

White was admonished by prosecutor David Walgren and Judge Michael Pastor for trying to inject private conversations he had with Murray into his testimony. White told the jurors, “I’d like to talk to you about this, but the judge told me I couldn’t.” He will appear at a contempt hearing later this month.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Friday, Oct. 28

Dr. Paul White testified that Jackson caused his own death with an injection of propofol and lorazepam pills.

White said it’s possible that Jackson have himself another dose of propfol when Murray left the room.

This testimony contradiction that of Dr. Steven Shafer, who may be called during the prosecution’s rebuttal.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Thursday, Oct. 27

Dr. Robert Waldman testified that he believed Jackson was addicted to Demerol based on the medical records of dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein.

There was no Demerol in Jackson’s system when he died.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Oct. 26

Several former patients of Murray’s testified, saying that the doctor was a compassionate and competent.

None of the witness’s had been treated for a sleep disorder.

The defense will call its final witness Thursday, two medical experts.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Tuesday, Oct. 25

Cherilyn Lee, a nurse practitioner, testified that Jackson told her Dipravan, a brand name of propofol, was the only thing that helped him sleep.

Lee said she told Jackson the drug was too dangerous to take at home.

Randy Phillips, the president of AEG, testified that Jackson wanted to restart his career so he and his children could live in the country.

Behind closed doors, a judge blocked the defense from mentioning Jackson’s $40 million contract with AEG.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Monday, Oct. 24

The defense began its case Monday, alleging that Jackson had demanded the drug that killed him.

Dr. Allan Metzger testified that Jackson asked him to obtain an anesthetic for him. Metzger refused

Cherilyn Lee, a holistic nurse practitioner, testified that Jackson felt he had trouble sleeping.

Read more from the Associated Press

What happened in court on Friday, Oct. 21

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff questioned Dr. Steven Shafer about his testimony that Jackson stopped breathing while attached to an IV drip of propofol.

Chernoff will finish questioning Shafer on Monday.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Thursday, Oct. 20

The prosecution concluded its questioning of propofol expert, Dr. Steven Shafer.

Shafer said Jackson most likely stopped breathing while receiving an IV drip of propofol.

“This fits all of the data in this case and I am not aware of a single piece of data that is inconsistent with this explanation,” he testified.

Shafer also tried to discredit the defense’s theory that Jackson took lorazepam without Murray’s knowledge, saying the amount of the drug in the singer’s system was “trivial.”

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Oct. 19

Dr. Steven Shafer, the prosecution’s final witness, testified that Murray was acting more like an employee than a doctor to Jackson.

“If a patient requests something frivolous or dangerous, it is the doctor’s responsibility to say no,” he said.

When asked by the prosecutor if Murray is “directly responsible for the death of Michael Jackson for his egregious violations and abandonment,” Shafer said, “Absolutely.”

Shafer called Murray’s failure to call 911 “completely and utterly inexcusable.”

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Thursday, Oct. 13

Sleep expert Dr. Nader Kamanger testified that the combination of drugs Jackson was given the day he died — diazepam, lorazepam and midazolam — “was a recipe for disaster.”

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked Kamanger, “Conrad Murray was grossly negligent in many areas and he caused Michael Jackson’s death, is that correct?” Kamanger said, “Yes.”

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Oct. 12

The defense dropped its claim that Jackson swallowed the lethal dose of propofol, the Associated Press reports.

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan said a study commissioned showed swallowing propofol would a “trivial” effect on a person.

For the prosecution, Dr. Nader Kamanger, a UCLA sleep expert, testified that Murray should not have given Jackson propofol. He called the singer’s death “a foreseeable complication.”

Kamanger and cardiologist Dr. Alon Steinberg said Murray’s delay to call 911 decreased Jackson’s chance of survival.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Tuesday, Oct. 11

Coroner Dr. Christopher Rogers, who performed Jackson’s autopsy, testified that it’s more likely that Murray gave Jackson the lethal dose of propofol rather than the defense’s theory that the singer dosed himself.

“In order for Mr. Jackson to have administered the propofol to himself, you would have to assume he woke up and although he was under the influence of ... propofol and other sedatives, he was somehow able to administer propofol to himself,” Rogers said (via the AP). “Then he stops breathing and all of this takes place in a two-minute period of time. ... To me, that scenario seems less reasonable.”

Rogers said the alternative, more likely scenario is Murray dosing Jackson without any precision measuring tool.

The defense suggested that Jackson pushed propofol through an IV drip while Murray was in the bathroom.

The prosecution also showed a picture taken during Jackson’s autopsy. The photo, which may be disturbing to many readers, can be viewed here.

Read more from the Associated Press.

In an audio recording played in court, Murray told police he informed Jackson’s children their father had died.

“‘I know you tried your best, but I’m really sad,’” Paris said, according to Murray. “‘I will wake up in the morning, and I won’t be able to see my daddy.’”

Murray reportedly also told police he was not aware other doctors were giving Jackson medication.

“I was not aware of any other medications that he was taking, but I heard that he was seeing a Dr. [Arnold] Klein three times a week in Beverly Hills,” Murray said (via CNN). ”And he never disclosed that to me.”

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Monday, Oct. 10

The trial was in recess for Columbus Day.

What happened in court on Friday, Oct. 7

Jurors heard part of the recording of Murray’s interview with police made two days after Jackson died.

Murray said Jackson had a long history with propofol. “I realized Michael Jackson had a dependency and I was trying to wean him off it,” he said.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Thursday, Oct. 6

Elissa Fleak, a coroner’s investigator, admitted to the defense that mistakes were made during the investigation.

However, she said the errors were not significant.

Toxicologist Dan Anderson testified that Jackson died with propofol, lidocaine and lorazepam in his system.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Oct. 5

Prosecutors played the full audio recording Murray made of a slurring Jackson six weeks before he died.

In it, Jackson says he hopes to open a children’s hospital that could accommodate a million kids.

The recording was found on Murray’s cell phone. It’s not clear why he made it.

Elissa Fleak, a coroner’s investigator, testified she saw an empty vial of propofol next to Jackson’s bed.

Read more from the Associated Press

What happened in court on Tuesday, Oct. 4

Nicole Alvarez, the mother of one of Murray’s children, said she received packages in April, May and June 2009 on behalf of the doctor. They boxes contained propofol, sedatives and skin whitening cream, according to receipts. Alvarez said she had no knowledge of what was in the packages.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Monday, Oct. 3

Bridgette Morgan, Murray’s former girlfriend, and Antoinette Gill, a former patient, testified that they could not reach Murray by phone the day Jackson died.

Records show Murray made several calls that day. Dr. Joanne Prashad said she called Murray with a question about a patient he had treated. He was able to recall the dosage of medicine and she “was impressed.”

Two emergency room doctors said Murray did not mention giving the singer propofol.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Friday, Sept. 30

Paramedic Richard Senneff testified that he observed many inconsistencies at the scene where Jackson died.

Senneff said Murray told him he only administered the sedative lorazepam to Jackson. He said the singer showed no signs of life when they arrived.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Thursday, Sept. 29

Jackson’s bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, testified that Murray took vials of medicine from the singer’s nightstand and asked him to put them in a bag.

Alvarez said the bags were not transported to the hospital.

The defense asked Alvarez why he waited two months to tell authorities about the bags. He said he did not realize their significance until he saw a news report.

Alvarez said he performed chest compressions, while Murray gave Jackson mouth-to-mouth.

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Wednesday, Sept. 28

Jackson’s security guard, Faheem Muhammad, testified that Murray was “frantic” the day the singer died. He also provided extremely emotional testimony about how the singer’s children, Paris and Prince, reacted when they saw Murray trying to resuscitate their father.

“I saw Mr. Jackson's feet near the side of the bed on the ground and as I continued to walk over I could see the rest of his body and I saw Dr. Murray near his side. He appeared to be administering CPR. He appeared very nervous. He was on his side. He was sweating,” Muhammad testified.

Muhammad said he heard Murray ask if anyone knew CPR.

“Paris was on the ground balled up crying and Prince, he was just standing there, he just had a shocked, slowly crying type of look on his face,” Muhammad said.

AEG Live lawyer, Kathy Jorrie, testified that Murray told her Jackson
“was perfectly healthy, in excellent condition.”

Read more from the Associated Press.

What happened in court on Tuesday, Sept. 27

Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial began Monday at the Los Angeles Superior Courthouse.

Prosecuting attorney David Walgren argued that Murray gave Jackson propofol, a surgical anesthetic, every day for two months to help him sleep, ultimately leading to Jackson’s death

During opening arguments, the prosecution showed a photo of a lifeless Jackson in a hospital bed. An audio recording, taken from Murray’s cell phone, also was played. The late pop star slurred his words almost incomprehensibly during the message, leading the prosecution to argue that Jackson was under the influence of heavy medication at the time.

The defense argued that Jackson administered the lethal dosage himself and that Murray was trying to wean the singer off of propofol prior to the time of his death.

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