Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop-star Michael Jackson. As the first week of the trial came to an end, inconsistencies in the testimony of the prosecution’s own witnesses began to appear.
According to trial coverage aired on CNN’s Headline News, Alberto Alvarez was the first of Michael Jackson’s security team to arrive on the scene to assist Dr. Murray. Alvarez testified (on direct examination by the prosecution) that Jackson was lying on the bed when he entered the room and Dr. Murray was doing chest compressions with his left hand. After following multiple instructions from Dr. Murray to get the children out of the room and to place various items (including medications) into bags, Alvarez finally called 911 at Dr. Murray’s request. An audio recording of the 911 call was played during the trial. During this call, the 911 operator instructed Alvarez to move Jackson to the floor to do CPR. Alvarez testified under cross (by the defense) that he motioned for Dr. Murray to move Jackson to the floor while he was still on the call with the 911 operator. He further testified that he held his cell phone in place with his shoulder while he helped Dr. Murray move Jackson to the floor.
Paramedic Senneff, however, gave a slightly different testimony. He testified that upon entering Michael Jackson’s bedroom, he observed Dr. Murray and a bodyguard moving Jackson from the bed to the floor. The bodyguard had Jackson by the legs and Dr. Murray had Jackson by the torso which was partially on the bed. The audio recording of the 911 call, however indicates that the call ended before paramedics arrived; and Alvarez testifed that he moved Jackson to the floor while he was on the phone with the 911 operator.
Paramedic Blount, who drove the ambulance that Senneff was a passenger in, gave an even different version. Blount testified that when he entered the room Michael Jackson was “fully on the bed”. He also testifed that other than the paramedics, Dr. Murray was the only one he saw in the room with Jackson when he entered.
If Blount and Senneff arrived together, how did one see Jackson being moved from the bed by Dr. Murray and Alvarez and the other see him lying fully on the bed with only Dr. Murray present? How will the jury react to these inconsistencies? Will they notice this and deem the entire testimony of all three as lacking credibility?
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