Michael Jackson's doctor Dr. Conrad Murray showed emotion by weeping for the first time during his involuntary manslaughter trial on Wednesday, Oct. 26, as his former patients testified him as a caring doctor.
Five of Murray’s former patients testified in his defense as character witnesses and spoke highly of Murray's past record as a medical professional.
Ruby Mosley, one of the former patient of Murray, said Murray opened a clinic in a poor Houston community in the memory of his father, who is also a doctor.
If this man had been greedy, he never would have come to an area or community of Acres Homes, 75% of them poor, on welfare and social security. Mosley added.
Ruby's testimony brought Murray to tears.
Murray was described as a caring doctor by his five former patients who recalled that Murray was willing to spend time with his patients and help his poor patients for free.
The prosecution had portrayed Murray as a doctor who was driven by greed and money as he stood to gain $150,000-a-month salary from treating the pop icon Mickael Jackson.
Another former patient Gerry Causey testified, saying that Murray is his best friend and “The reason I came here to help Dr. Murray is I know his love, his compassion, his feeling for his patients, every one of them and I just don't think he did what he's accused of doing.”
Andrew Guest, a locksmith from Las Vegas, looked at Murray across the courtroom and declared, “I'm alive today because of that man. That man sitting there is the best doctor I've ever seen,” he said, “He's actually called me at home on a weekend and asked me how I was doing. He's a great guy.”
Prosecutors have charged Murray with gross negligence by suggesting he has given Jackson an overdose of propofol as a sleep aid and had then left Jackson alone without proper equipment that could have monitored his vital signs.
Before the trial recessed for the day, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked Murray if he wants to take to the witness stand himself.
“I believe it is my obligation in every criminal case to advise the defendant that a defendant has an absolute right to testify and an absolute right not to testify.” Judge Pastor said.
The judge also emphasized that the right to testify was his alone. “It does not belong to your attorneys, to the prosecution or to me.”
Murray is expected to give his decision later this week.