Bodyguard says Jackson doctor removed medicine

Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:43pm EDT
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's doctor asked a bodyguard to grab vials of medicine and a saline bag from the singer's bedroom on the morning he died, a Los Angeles court heard on Thursday in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Bodyguard Alberto Alvarez also said he saw a "milky white substance" in the saline bag that Murray asked him to stash into a bag moments before an ambulance was called to attend to the lifeless singer.

"While I was standing at the foot of the bed he (Murray) reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and then he said 'here put them in a bag'," Alvarez testified on the third day of Murray's trial on a charge of involuntary manslaughter for being responsible for the "Thriller" singer's death.

Alvarez, testifying for the prosecution, said Murray then pointed toward an IV stand by Jackson's bed and told him to grab one of the saline bags hanging there and take it away.

The bag had "what appeared to me like a milky white substance. I recall seeing it at the bottom of the (saline) bag," Alvarez said.

Prosecutors say the milky substance was the surgical anesthetic propofol, which authorities have deemed to be the principal cause of Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

Murray admits giving Jackson propofol as a sleep aid but denies involuntary manslaughter. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.


Alvarez was one of the first members of Jackson's staff on the scene the day the 50-year-old pop star was discovered not breathing in his bedroom at his Los Angeles mansion.   Continued...

<p>Deputy District Attorney David Walgren (R) holds a bottle of propofol introduced as evidence as he questions Alberto Alvarez (L), one of Michael Jackson's security guards, during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in Los Angeles September 29, 2011. REUTERS/Al Seib/Pool</p>