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Conrad Murray trial: Michael Jackson's security chief testifies doctor 'appeared nervous'

September 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Michael Jackson's personal assistant testified Wednesday that he received a frantic voicemail from Dr. Conrad Murray on the day of the pop star's death.

During day two of the trial, prosecutors delved deeper into the final moments before Jackson's death, as well as Murray's actions after he realized Jackson was no longer breathing.

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The prosecution began with showing the courtroom a layout of the Holmby Hills mansion rented by Jackson where he lived with his three children. A picture of Jackson's children was also shown to jurors.

Then Deputy District Attorney David Walgren asked Michael Amir Williams about the voicemail he received from Murray.

"It was Dr. Murray. I can't quote it exactly, but it was, 'Call me right away, call me right away, thank you,'" Williams testified.

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Williams said when he called Murray after hearing the voicemail, Murray asked him where he was.

"I said, 'I'm downtown,' and he said, 'Get here right away. Mr. Jackson had a bad reaction,'" Williams testified.

Walgren probed further, pointing to what Murray did and did not do. He asked if Murray asked him to call 911, to which Williams responded, "No, sir."

Williams went on to describe the subsequent confusion that followed, the phone calls that he made to Jackson's security at Jackson's residence, and then coming to the residence and seeing a chaotic scene, as paramedics carried Jackson's body on a gurney.

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Then at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, there was word that Jackson had died, and Murray made what Williams thought was an odd request, which Williams denied.

"He said that there's some cream in Michael's room or house that he wouldn't want the world to know about, and he requested that I or someone give him a ride back to the house to get it," Williams said.

Faheem Muhammad, who was the head of Jackson's security, also took the stand on Wednesday. Muhammad was summoned to Jackson's room by Murray on the day the King of Pop died, June 25, 2009.

On the stand, Muhammad said he saw Murray standing at Jackson's bedside attempting to revive Jackson, who appeared to be dead.

Two of Jackson's children, Paris and Prince, were in the room at the time and were crying, Muhammad testified.

Muhammad said Murray "appeared nervous" and asked those in the room what he considered an odd question.

"Dr. Murray asked the question, 'Does anyone know CPR?'" Muhammad said.

Outside the courtroom, Murray's attorney, Michael Flanagan, said his client asked that question because CPR is better performed by two people than by one, and that Murray had administered CPR for 15 to 20 minutes and had become fatigued.

Jackson died at the age of 50, and prosecutors accuse Murray of administering a deadly dose of the powerful sedative propofol to Jackson and then failing to properly monitor him. Murray has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier in the morning, AEG executive Paul Gongaware and Kathy Jorrie, attorney for AEG, both testified. Jorrie drafted the contract for payment between Murray, Jackson and AEG, and she said she questioned some of Murray's requests.

The issue of payment has raised some eyebrows. Murray originally asked for $5 million a year for his services, Gongaware testified, but Murray was told that was not possible because Jackson couldn't afford it.

But the defense argued that it was a reasonable amount considering the personal costs that Murray would be responsible for if he went on tour with Jackson.

It was also revealed that Murray requested a cardiac pulmonary resuscitating (CPR) machine days before he died, but the machine was never delivered because the contract was never completed.

The trial is expected to last five weeks, with Oct. 28 being the estimated last day.

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Eyewitness News reporters Robert Holguin and Carlos Granda contributed to this report.

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