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More Murray speculation

By | Published on Tuesday 23 March 2010

The allegations are really mounting up against Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor facing involuntary manslaughter charges in relation to Michael Jackson’s death. Following the News Of The World’s publication of an emergency services report that suggests the Doc failed to tell paramedics he had given Jacko the drug that killed him – propofol – when they arrived at his home to try and save him, now the Associated Press has claimed Murray wasted time removing drug vials from the singer’s bedroom as the popstar lay there dying.

The new allegations seem to come from one Alberto Alvarez, who was Jackson’s Logistics Director at the time of the singer’s death, and who was at Jacko’s home the morning he died. Alvarez apparently paints a chaotic scene of Jackson’s final minutes, in which panicked staff tried to help Murray in his futile attempts to resuscitate the singer. At one point two of his children apparently walked in as efforts to revive their dead father were ongoing.

The documents seen by the AP also allege that, once Jackson had been declared dead at a nearby hospital, Murray insisted he return to Jacko’s home so he could remove a “cream” that the singer had been using “so the world wouldn’t find out about it”.

Murray is pleading not guilty to the charges against him, which basically say the doctor was negligent in administering the dangerous surgical drug propofol in a domestic environment as a cure for insomnia. The fact he failed to mention the drug until being questioned by police, and these new allegations he tried to remove evidence of some of the drugs he was using from Jacko’s quarters, could all be used to support the argument that Murray realised straight away that the propofol had killed his client, and that administering it in the way he had was rather dangerous.

However, Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff yesterday rejected the new allegations his client had tried to hide any drugs from paramedics or police after Jackson’s death. He also threw doubt on the AP’s source, alleging that Alverez had given conflicting testimony when interviewed by different police officers. Chernoff: “He didn’t say any of those things [in his original statement], then two months later, all of a sudden, the doc is throwing bottles into the bag. Alvarez’s statement is inconsistent with his previous statement. We will deal with that at trial”.

Chernoff refused to comment on the NOTW-published paramedics’ report because, he said, neither he nor Murray have seen the document. He added: “We can say unequivocally that Dr Murray did everything in his power to save Michael Jackson’s life and that he fully co-operated with both the paramedics at the scene and physicians at UCLA Medical Center”.