From In Session correspondent Beth Karas
A long list of contradictions have emerged between what Dr. Conrad Murray said in his police statement to the L.A.P.D. and other evidence presented at the trial. Here's a look at some of the more important inconsistencies.
What time did Murray find Jackson unresponsive?
In the timeline Murray gives police, he found Jackson not breathing around 11 am. Cell phone records and the testimony of his ex-girlfriend Sade Anding indicate the time was closer to noon.
What drugs did Murray administer to Jackson?
In the interview, Dr. Murray admits to giving Jackson diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, propofol, and flumazenil. However, Dr. Murray told ER doctors Richelle Cooper and Thao Nguyen, that he gave Jackson lorazepam—no mention of propofol. He also said that diazepam and flomax were Jackson’s regular medications. Furthermore, Dr. Murray told the paramedics that he gave him lorazepam–no mention of propofol.
How long was Murray out of the room after giving Jackson propofol?
In the police interview, Murray explains how he gave 25 mg of propofol, watched Jackson, then left for 2 minutes to go to the bathroom. When he returned, he found Jackson not breathing. Murray’s cell phone records and testimony from people who spoke to him that morning indicate he was probably out of the room for at least 45 minutes while he made three calls between 11:18 am and noon, the last being to his ex-girlfriend, Sade Anding. It seems that while on the phone with Anding he discovered an unresponsive Jackson around noon, perhaps a few minutes before that.
Did Murray witness the cardiac arrest of Jackson?
Dr. Murray tells police that he was out of the bedroom for such a short period, that he witnessed Jackson going into cardiac arrest. However, the timeline from the cell phone records suggests otherwise as does the testimony of Paramedic Senneff who said that Jackson was cool to the touch and that it didn’t comport with what Dr. Murray had told him. Senneff testified that Murray told him, “It just happened right when I called you.”
Did Murray have a watch or not?
Many times in the interview Murray says he looked at his watch. Emergency room doctor Thao Nguyen said on the stand that Murray couldn’t give her the times he administered the lorazepam or when 911 was called because he didn’t have a concept of time and didn’t have a watch.
Whose idea was it to try the intra-aortic balloon pump?
During the police interview, Murray says it was the emergency room doctor’s idea to try to the balloon pump. However, Dr. Nguyen testified that her attendant, Dr. Cruz, spoke to Murray and that Murray asked them not to give up easily; to try to save Jackson’s life. She testified there was nothing left to do after their efforts to resuscitate in the ER, but the balloon pump. Therefore, to show good faith, they tried to balloon pump even though they believed it would be futile. Dr. Nguyen said, “We made an agreement with Dr. Murray that this would be the last procedure.”
Did Murray give Jackson an injection of propofol then a slow drip to keep him sedated?
Dr. Murray told the L.A.P.D. that he gave 25 mg of propofol which he pushed slowly over 3-5 minutes. He also told detectives that the drug is fast-acting and that he set up a slow drip to keep Jackson sedated. Murray is expected to argue at trial that he did not set up the drip that night. The testimony of security guard Alberto Alvarez and coroner investigator Elissa Fleak regarding a 100 ml bottle of propofol inside a slit saline bag suggests that there was, indeed, a drip set up the day Jackson died. The State could argue that the crude IV drip malfunctioned and the bottle spilled into Jackson.
Did Murray take all precautions available to him?
Dr. Murray Murray told police he took all precautions available to him: oxygen and a pulse oximeter. ER doctors Cooper and Nguyen testified about the resuscitative equipment needed whenever a patient is given propofol. In addition, to needing far more equipment than Murray had in Jackson’s bedroom, constant monitoring at the patient’s side is an absolute requirement. The evidence suggests Dr. Murray left Jackson’s side for more than 45 minutes. More evidence is expected in the State’s case about the standard of care when using propofol.
Did Murray pull the IV out of Jackson’s leg?
Dr. Murray says that in the process of moving Jackson to the floor, the IV dislodged from his leg. Paramedic Richard Senneff said that Murray pulled it out.
Did Murray do chest compressions all the way to the ambulance?
In the L.A.P.D interview Murray says he continued CPR, epinephrine, atropine, chest compressions all the way into the ambulance. However, Paramedic Senneff testified resuscitative efforts did, indeed, continue all the way into the ambulance but Murray was still in the bedroom. When Senneff went back to the bedroom to get his equipment, he found Murray with a “deer in the headlight look” with a trash bag in his hands.
Whose decision was it to do an autopsy?
Dr. Murray told detectives that he recommended an autopsy, but Dr. Cooper testified that Jackson was her patient; she had a 50-year-old man who died. She didn’t know the cause of death so it was a coroner’s case, which means she referred the case to the coroner not Dr. Murray.
Was Murray asked to sign the death certificate?
Murray says in the police interview that the question was posed: “Well, is there a doctor who’s going to sign the death certificate?” He told police that he responded: “I wouldn’t want to sign the death certificate when I don’t know the cause of his death.” However, Dr. Cooper testified that she did not have a conversation with Murray about the death certificate and that it was her decision to refer to coroner for autopsy.
Did Murray assemble the social worker team to deal with the children and other family members at UCLA Medical Center?
Dr. Murray tells the police that he asked for a social worker team be brought in, but Dr. Cooper said that it was not Murray’s idea; that the social worker team was assembled earlier as part of UCLA protocol.
Is it true that Jackson did not eat well?
Dr. Murray says in the interview that Jackson did not eat well or drink much, but personal chef, Kai Chase, testified, Jackson liked natural juices (carrot/orange and beet/apple) and organic foods. He ate granola and almond milk for breakfast. Chase also testified that healthy eating was important to Jackson and his children.