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Things are looking pretty bleak for Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, as new court papers released Monday allege that the doc stopped giving the dying pop star CPR on the day of his death in order to take time to hide drug paraphernalia.
Logistics director Alberto Alvarez told police that he went into Jackson's room only to see the music man lying there, exhibiting no signs of life, with an IV sticking out of his leg. Alvarez says that Murray, who has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter, was trying to resuscitate Jackson, but didn't tell him to call paramedics until all the drug vials were hidden away.
Alvarez said when he got into the room, Murray stopped CPR, grabbed a few rubber-topped drug vials and gave them to Alvarez, telling him to put them in a bag. Alvarez said that he put them in a plastic bag he grabbed off the floor, after which Murray told him to take that bag and put it in a blue canvas bag.
"We note that this statement was given more than two months after Michael Jackson's death and is inconsistent with a statement he gave the police the day after Mr. Jackson was taken to the hospital," attorney Edward Chernoff said in a statement to E! News.
"Further, his statement does not match up with much of the physical evidence found at the scene. The defense would caution against putting too much emphasis on statements leaked by law enforcement or the district attorney's office. These leaks provided are piecemeal and are timed for effect.
"Since Dr. Murray's next court hearing is scheduled 10 days, we expect more leaks," Chernoff continued. "However, we will not be trying this case in the press. We would ask the public to reserve judgment until after the people's witnesses are placed under oath and subjected to the rigors of cross-examination. We are confident that a fair trial will ferret out the truth."
Jackson's death was ultimately ruled a homicide caused by acute propofol intoxication, part of a lethal cocktail of sedatives and other drugs in his system. Days after he passed, a bag of sedatives, including propofol, was found by investigators in Jackson's bedroom.
Dr. Conrad Murray is currently free on $75,000 bail.
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