Defense attorney Ed Chernoff is interviewing Los Angeles police detective Scott Smith about the investigation at Michael Jackson's house after MJ's death. Just before Judge Michael Pastor called for the morning break, Chernoff questioned Smith about how the house was left open, meaning anyone could have gone in and disturbed potential evidence.
Day 10 of the trial kicked off with the rest of the tape of Conrad Murray's interview with cops, taped two days after Jackson's death.
Among the revelations in the approximately 45-minute long playback:
- Murray had been told by various members of Jackson's production team that after Jackson made thrice-weekly visits to Dr. Arnold Klein's office in Beverly Hills, he would be basically wasted and need 24 hours to recover.
- Murray had treated many health conditions for Jackson, including painful foot callouses that had built up from years of Jackson's dance performances, and an eye condition which left Murray wondering if Jackson was legally blind.
- Murray on how Paris Jackson, MJ's daughter, reacted to her father's death: I will wake up in the morning, and I won't be able to see my daddy.
- Murray was concerned about how Jackson's mother, Katherine, would take the news of her son's death, especially because she has a heart condition.
- Joe Jackson, Michael Jackson's father, did not show up at the hospital with the rest of the family after MJ had been taken to the emergency room.
- Jackson's children asked to see their father's body after being told he died; Murray said he asked hospital staff to make the body as presentable as possible so as to disturb the children as little as possible.
As Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial begins its third week today, jurors will hear Murray tell police about another doctor he says was giving Michael Jackson drugs and about how devastated Jackson's children were after the singer's death.
The tape of the final 45 minutes of Murray's two-hour interview with Los Angeles police investigators is expected at the start of the proceedings on Tuesday. The interview took place on June 27, 2009, two days after Jackson's death.
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CNN.com reports that Tuesday's portion of the interview will include Murray's assertion that he didn't know Jackson was taking medications from other doctors, but that he had heard Jackson was seeing Beverly Hills dermatologist Arnold Klein three times a week.
Murray said he'd been told Jackson would return from those visits to Klein basically wasted and requiring 24 hours for recovery.
Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, suggested in his opening statement that Jackson was addicted to the pain reliever Demerol, and that it was given to him by Klein. The defense theory is that Jackson had trouble sleeping because he was experiencing withdrawal from the Demerol, and that Murray gave the singer propofol to help him sleep and be ready to rehearse for his planned comeback concert performances.
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The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Jackson died of acute propofol intoxication, and that sedatives were also a factor. Prosecutors contend Murray is criminally liable for Jackson's death because he recklessly administered the propofol, a potent surgical anesthetic drug, and did not properly monitoring Jackson.
Also in Tuesday's recording -- which will likely be the only time jurors hear Murray's version of events, since his lawyers do not plan to put him on the witness stand -- Murray will talk about how Jackson's children reacted to his death.
After they cried and cried and cried, then his daughter uttered a lot of words of unhappiness and, you know, she will live alone without her dad and she didn't want to be an orphan, Murray said of Jackson's daughter, Paris.
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She asked me, 'Dr. Murray, you said you save a lot of patients. You know, you save people with heart attacks, and you couldn't save my dad,' Murray said in the interview. I said, 'I tried my best.' And she said, 'I know that, Dr. Murray. At least I know. I know you tried your best. I know you tried your best, but I'm really sad. You know, I will wake up in the morning, and I won't be able to see my daddy.'
On Friday, jurors heard the first portion of the interview, in which Murray said he left Jackson for just two minutes before returning to find his client wasn't breathing. Cell phone records and previous testimony indicate Murray was making calls and sending and receiving e-mails and text messages for at least 30 minutes before Jackson died.
Jurors also heard Murray explain that he didn't immediately call 911 because he was trying to resuscitate the superstar.
Murray faces up to four years in prison and loss of his medical license if convicted.