“Get help, get security, get Prince,” Murray told Kai Chase
Michael Jackson's former chef, Kai Chase, testified at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on Thursday, telling the court that Murray rushed into Jackson's kitchen in the minutes leading up to Jackson's death. According to Chase, Murray was shouting in a "frantic" condition — but did not ask her to call 911.
"I saw Dr. Murray come down the stairs and into the kitchen in a panic and frantic," Chase (pictured) recalled, noting that he came into the kitchen between 12:05 and 12:10 p.m.
According to Chase, Murray told her, "Get help, get security, get Prince,'" referring to Jackson's son.
"[Murray's] energy was very nervous and frantic and he was shouting," Chase testified.
The chef also noted that Murray did not ask her to call 911.
Chase recalled that she went to get Prince, who then went to Murray. Chase then went back to work; shortly after, Chase noticed that staff members were gathering and seemed upset.
Chase also testified that Jackson's children were crying.
"None of us knew what was going on at the time, but the energy in the house did not feel good," Chase testified.
As she and the children held hands and prayed, Chase said, security personnel began rushing up the stairs toward Jackson's bedroom. Shortly thereafter, she and the housekeeping staff were asked by security personnel to leave the premises.
Earlier in the day, Jackson's former security guard, Alberto Alvarez, testified that Murray instructed him to collect a number of vials and stash them in numerous bags, along with a saline bag.
Alvarez (left) said that, when he arrived in Jackson's bedroom the date of his death, the singer was lying on his back and Murray was administering chest compressions to him.
He described Murray's frenzied state as he entered the bedroom that day.
"When I came into the room he said, 'Alberto hurry, we have to take him to the hospital we have to get him an ambulance,'" Alvarez recalled.
Alvarez also testified that Jackson was hooked up to a catheter, and there was tubing attached to his nose.
"While I was at the foot of the bed, he reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and said, 'Here, put these in a bag,'" Alvarez said.
According to Alvarez, after Murray placed the vials in a plastic bag, he then instructed Alvarez to put them in a brown bag.
Alvarez says Murray also told him to remove a saline bag from an IV stand in Jackson's room and stash it in a blue bag. According to Alvarez, the bag had a bottle inside of it, and a "milky-white substance" at the bottom.
Alvarez testified that the bottle in the saline bag appeared to be a bottle of Propofol.
Alvarez said that there was another saline bag hanging from the IV stand without a bottle in it, which Murray did not instruct him to remove.
Asked why he thought Murray was asking him to collect the items, Alvarez replied, "I thought we were packing to get him ready to go to the hospital."
On cross-examination, Alvarez conceded that he hadn't told police about removing the IV bag on the day of Jackson's death, and didn't reveal that fact until August 2009.
Alvarez, who was the first security person on the scene, made the 911 call that day. Thursday morning, jurors heard the 911 call that Alvarez placed on the day of Jackson's death.
In the call, which was placed at 12:20 p.m., Alvarez is heard telling the 911 operator, "We have a gentleman here who needs help; he's not breathing. We're trying to pump him, but … he's not conscious, sir."
Alvarez made the operator aware of Murray's presence, saying, "We have a personal doctor here, but he's not responding to the CPR or anything."
Asked by the operator if anyone had seen what had happened, Alvarez responded, "No, just the doctor sir … He's pumping his chest, but he's not responding to anything."
Alvarez further testified that, as he and Murray shifted Jackson in the bed, Alvarez noticed that a tube was connected from a bag hanging on the IV stand to Jackson's leg, which Conrad removed. Alvarez also told the court that Murray attached a heart monitor to Jackson's finger.
Murray then instructed Alvarez to administer chest compressions to Jackson, while Murray performed mouth-to-mouth.
"This is the first time that I do mouth-to-mouth, but I have to — he's my friend," Alvarez recalled Murray saying.
Asked if there was any indication that Jackson was still alive, Alvarez replied, "No."
On cross-examination, Alvarez admitted that he hadn't told police about Murray's request to stash the vials to police on the day of Jackson's death, and didn't divulge the information until a police interview in August.
Murray's defense attorney, Ed Chernoff, hinted that Alvarez might have added the details in August in order to make himself more attractive as an interview subject.
"Would it be fair to say that the story you gave on August 31, 2009, was substantially more interesting than the one you gave on June 25, 2009?" Chernoff asked.
Alvarez countered that seeing a detective emerging from Jackson's home on television with a blue bag similar to the one he stowed the IV bag in, along with television reports about Propofol and its milky quality, prompted him to tell authorities about Murray's request.
As the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray continues for its third day, a former Michael Jackson employee is expected to testify that Murray asked him to gather up drugs from Jackson's room before calling 911 on the day Jackson died.
Alberto Alvarez is expected to tell jurors that Jackson's physician asked him to collect pill bottles and an IV bag of milky liquid that resembled propofol, the Los Angeles Times reports. Murray is accused of administering too much of the powerful drug to the late pop star.
Alvarez called 911 on June 25, 2009, the day Jackson died. Prosecutors contend the call was placed 25 minutes after Murray first discovered Jackson had stopped breathing.
Jackson's personal chef, Kai Chase, is also on the witness list for today. She testified during a January hearing that she was in the house when Murray "screamed to get help, to get (Jackson's son) Prince and to call for security."
Two paramedics who attempted to revive Jackson are also expected to testify. The two previously testified that Murray denied Jackson was taking any medications when they asked the doctor for his patient's history. Murray had actually been administering Propofol to Jackson for several weeks to treat the entertainer's chronic insomnia.
The testimony will follow Wednesday's second day of the trial, during which Michael Jackson's head of security, Faheem Muhammad, and his personal assistant, Michael Williams, both testified that Murray tried to gain re-entry into Jackson's home after the singer was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Muhammad also shared sad details of how Jackson's oldest children, son Prince and daughter Paris, were witness to the medical trauma the day their father died. "Paris was on the ground balled up crying and Prince was standing there. He just had a shocked, slightly crying look on his face," said Muhammad, who said he took the children out of the room while Alvarez helped Dr. Murray administer CPR to Jackson.
The 58-year-old Murray is facing a possible four-year prison sentence and loss of his medical license if he's convicted in the trial. Murray has pleaded not guilty, and his defense will revolve around his contention that Jackson administered extra, ultimately lethal, doses of Propofol to himself, without Murray's knowledge.
The trial is being aired by live feed: