Conrad Murray Trial, Day 2: Assistant Says Doctor Tried to Get Back Into MJ’s House (Live Feed)

After an emotional first day when a photo of Michael Jackson’s corpse was shown in court, Conrad Murray’s trial continues

Update, 2:15 p.m.: Michael Jackson's former security chief, Faheem Muhammad, has taken the stand. He says that Jackson seemed fine during his concert rehearsal the night before he died: "It was excellent, it was high-energy."

Muhammad further testified that he entered Jackson's home and went upstairs into his bedroom on the afternoon of the singer's death, and saw Jackson's feet hanging off of the bed, toward the foot of the bed. He testified that Murray asked him and Jackson's logistics director, Alberto Alvarez, if they knew CPR, at which point Alvarez went to help Murray try to revive Jackson.

However, it might have been too late; asked if it looked like Jackson was already dead, Muhammad replied, "Yes."

Muhammad further testified that he noticed an IV stand in Jackson's bedroom when he was up there. He also backed up the testimony from Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Williams, that Murray wanted to return to Jackson's home shortly after the singer was pronounced dead.

During cross-examination, Muhanmad said that he had accompanied Jackson to the office of Dr. Arnold Klein's office many times, and often he would emerge from Klein's office seeming tipsy or intoxicated. According to Muhammad, Jackson's visits to Klein ranged from daily, to once every few days. Muhammad said that Jackson told him he went to see Klein because he had "a skin disease."

Update, 11:34 a.m.:  Michael Jackson's former personal assistant, Michael Williams, testifies that Dr. Conrad Murray attempted to gain re-entry to Jackson's Holmby Hills home shortly after Jackson was pronounced dead at the hospital on June 25, 2009, supposedly to retrieve an ointment that would be embarrassing to Jackson.

"We were making small talk about how horrible this is," Williams said. "[Murray] said, 'There's some cream in Michael's room or house that he wouldn't want the world to know about it, and he requested that I or someone else drive him back to the house so he could get the cream, so the world wouldn't know about it."

Williams testified that, after consulting with security guard Faheem Mohammad, they determined that he shouldn't be allowed back inside the house, and made an excuse as to why they couldn't bring him.

According to Williams, Murray then said that he was hungry and wanted to get something to eat, hinting at possibly getting a ride, but was again denied.

While on the stand, Williams characterized Murray's demeanor while Jackson was being loaded into the ambulance as "[f]rantic;  I knew it was serious when I saw him."

Williams went on to testify that, in the months prior to Jackson's death, it was common to see oxygen tanks in the house, and that the tanks would be picked up from a facility and brought to the house at Murray's request.

On cross-examination, Williams admitted to the defense that he had declined to initially tell police about Murray's attempt to gain re-entry into Jackson's home.

Update 11:06 a.m.: Michael Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Williams, has taken the stand to testify about, among other things, the call he received from Dr. Conrad Murray on June 25, 2009, the day of Jackson's death.

According to WIlliams, he missed Murray's call at approximately 12:13 p.m. because he was in the shower, but heard the message when he got out of the shower minutes later.

"It was Dr. Murray; I can't quote it exactly, but it was, "Call me right away, call me right away, thank you," Williams testified.

When he called back, at about 12:15, Williams said, Murray replied, " 'Where are you?' And I said I'm downtown.'  He said, 'Get here right away; Mr. Jackson had a bad reaction."

According to Williams, Murray said, "Get someone up here immediately."

At no point in the message or during the subsequent phone call did Murray ask Williams to call 911, Williams said.

While on the stand, Williams said that Jackson was "in very good spirits" on the evening before his death.

Update 10:05 a.m.:  Cross-examined by defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan, Jorrie says that Murray characterized himself as Jackson's personal physician, and never claimed that he s the only physician providing treatment to Jackson. Asked if the intention of the contract was to hold Murray to a full-time commitment to Jackson's health, Jorrie said no, stating, "I don't believe he was prohibited by the contract by doing other things at all."

Update, 9:41 a.m.: Kathy Jorrie, attorney for concert promoter AEG Live, is on the stand for the prosecution. Jorrie testified that, while drawing up Murray's contract for the concerts at O2 arena, the doctor requested that a CPR machine be provided. This caused Jorrie to question Murray about why such a machine might be needed. Murray told her that, due to Jackson's age and the strenuous performances, it was a precaution.

"Dr. Murray repeatedly told me that [Michael Jackson is] in excellent condition," Jorrie testified.

Jorrie also testified that Murray's monthly fee for his services was $150,000 per month.


The second day of the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray on manslaughter charges in the death of Michael Jackson gets underway on Wednesday, with new witnesses expected to provide fresh details in the case.

The pop singer’s personal assistant Michael Emir Williams is expected to testify today, as are the paramedics who arrived to the scene of his death.

In the courtroom on Tuesday as the trial opened, the jury was shown a never previously seen photo of Jackson’s corpse. They also heard a shocking audio file of Jackson, apparently drugged, that was taken from Murray’s iPhone.

Jackson’s voice echoed hauntingly through the packed courtroom:

"I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life,'" he mumbled. "He's the greatest entertainer of all time."

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren told jurors on Tuesday that the  audio file showed the physician had taped his patient "highly under the influence of unknown agents."

He called the clip "a taste" of the full recording jurors are to hear later.

Taking the stand for the second day in a row is “This Is It” producer, Paul Gongaware, who began testifying yesterday about the singer’s last days and his dealings with Dr Murray.

At the preliminary hearing in January, Williams had called the day that Jackson died “just a horrible, crazy experience.”

Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of acute propophyl intoxication. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter for having administered drugs illegally, and having allegedly abandoned basic principles of medical care.

The trial is being aired by live feed, tune in to TheWrap to follow the proceedings:

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Kimberly Potts contributed to this report.