Dr. Conrad Murray Accused of Interrupting MJ’s CPR to Sanitize Room and Hide Drugs (w/Update)
The 79-year-old mother of Michael Jackson, Katherine, is demanding, in light of the revised statement submitted by security guard Alberto Alvarez today, that Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter charge be upgraded to that of second degree murder.
“Mrs. Jackson never doubted that this man murdered her son, and these new revelations, if true, mean we need additional charges to fit the severity of his crimes,” attorney Adam Streisand said.
“Second degree murder requires malice aforethought, which can be implied by the conduct of the defendant,” he said yesterday. “The actions alleged suggest that Dr. Murray abandoned his duties as a physician or an ordinary human being to save himself rather than his patient.”
Another witness has also alleged that Murray wanted to
sneak back return to the Jackson home to remove “a cream.”
Jackson’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams told probers that Murray asked him for a ride back to Jacko’s rented mansion right after the singer was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
Murray allegedly said he wanted to retrieve a cream “so the world wouldn’t find out about it,” Williams said in his statement, also obtained by the AP.
A security guard for Michael Jackson told Los Angeles police investigators that Dr. Conrad Murray collected vials of medication from the singer’s bedroom before the guard called authorities the day Jackson died, a source familiar with the case told The Times on Monday.
The guard’s statements mark the latest allegations involving the final moments of Jackson’s life and the actions of Murray, his personal physician, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the pop star’s death.
Documents obtained by the Associated Press on Monday stated that Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, alleged that Murray had delayed calling 911 so he could collect the vials.
The source, however, presented a somewhat different account of Alvarez’s narrative.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak, said Murray collected the vials and an intravenous drip as he was performing CPR on Jackson.
Alvarez told authorities that Murray put the items in a bag and asked the security guard to hold on to them.
Moments later, Alvarez called 911, the source said.
Caught unawares, after charging that the L.A. District Attorney’s office was suspiciously moving too slowly in presenting documents, the attorneys in the Murray camp called Alvarez’ account, “inconsistent.”
On the legal firm’s website, Mr Chernoff wrote: “This statement was given more than two months after Michael Jackson’s death and is inconsistent with a statement he (Alvarez) gave the police the day after Mr Jackson was taken to the hospital.
“Further, his statement does not match up with much of the physical evidence found at the scene.”
He added that they expected more leaks but “we will not be trying this case in the press”.
“We would ask the public to reserve judgement until after the people’s witnesses are placed under oath and subjected to the rigours of cross-examination. We are confident that a fair trial will ferret out the truth.”
Initial statements to police are not set in stone. Perhaps Alvarez felt intimidated about what he witnessed. He also said that MJ’s oldest children, Paris and Prince Michael, crept into the bedroom and watched and cried as their father was being resuscitated, but that their nanny, Grace Rwaramba, waved them out of the room.
However, Alvarez made these statements at the office of Carl Douglas, his lawyer–who is also a lawyer for the Jackson family. That the Jacksons believe that Dr. Murray is a murderer is an understatement. They would do anything possible to confirm their conspiracy theory about what really happened the day Michael Jackson died.
Tom Mesereau, a former attorney for the Jacksons, said that the bodyguard can look forward a rough time on the witness stand as Murray’s lawyers seek to blow his new testimony apart during the April hearing.
If the allegations are true, Mesereau told “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith Tuesday, they’re “very damaging statements for the defense. Hiding evidence in a situation like this reflects a guilty conscience.
“However, do I think the defense is gonna attack this witness because, apparently, in prior interviews, he never mentioned this, and that’s a very important issue. They’re gonna attack his credibility. They’re gonna investigate his background, as to whether he tells the truth in his life, and expect a real attack on this witness.”
Which account is a jury more likely to believe?
“I think the defense is gonna say the more likely story is the one that was given closest to the time of the death of Michael Jackson. So, this witness is gonna be attacked viciously by the defense for making inconsistent statements in this investigation.”
Murray is due back in court next month, when prosecutors are expected to officially lay out the evidence against him.