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Michael Jackson’s bodyguard testifies in court

Michael Jackson’s bodyguard testifies in court
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First Published: Thu, Jan 06 2011. 04 36 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Jan 06 2011. 04 36 PM IST
Los Angeles: Alberto Alvarez, the first of Michael Jackson’s bodyguard to testify in the trial of the pop icon’s physician, Conrad Murray told the court that the doctor asked him to remove a bag of medicines and a drip bag before calling for an ambulance.
Alvarez struggled to hold back tears as he told a court in Los Angeles that Murray, who is facing charges of involuntary manslaughter of the ‘Thriller’ hitmaker, instructed him to remove a bag full of bottles from the singer’s bedside and hide an intravenous (IV) bag from its stand, reported Los Angeles Times.
Prosecutors claim Murray was attempting to hide the fact that he had injected Jackson with a fatal dose of the powerful hospital anaesthetic propofol on 25 June, 2009.
The 34-year-old bodyguard also told the court that Jackson’s children walked into their father’s bedroom in the middle of his doctor’s attempts to revive him.
Murray insisted Prince Michael and Paris were bundled from the room after the star’s then 11-year-old daughter burst into tears and screamed “Daddy”.
Alvarez, said the 50-year-old singer was lying lifeless on the bed with his eyes and mouth open as the doctor was carrying out CPR.
He said that Murray told him. “Don’t let them see their father like this.”
Alvarez said the doctor told him the singer had suffered “an allergic reaction”.
“He just grabbed a handful of bottles or vials and he instructed me to put them in a bag. When I did that, he then instructed me to remove an IV bag from the IV stand,” said Alvarez.
Reliving the moment he first saw the singer’s body, Alvarez, said he froze at the sight of Jackson on the bed.
He said Murray “was standing over him and he was giving him chest compressions with one hand.”
The bodyguard added that only after the doctor had scooped the bottles into a brown canvas bag was he told to call an ambulance.
Alvarez’s testimony could provide key corroboration to the prosecutors’ argument that Murray’s actions demonstrated “an extreme deviation from the standard of care” by administering propofol without the proper equipment, and also concealing it and botching efforts to resuscitate the singer.
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First Published: Thu, Jan 06 2011. 04 36 PM IST