Michael Jackson’s Assistant to Testify on Second Day of Conrad Murray Trial
The second day of the Conrad Murray trial began in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the official start of the trial expected to last five weeks, jurors heard a recording of Michael Jackson slurring his words along with a photo of Jackson lying on a gurney after he died, with "homicide" written above the image. Opening statements were made by both the prosecution and the defense and the first witnesses took the stand, including This Is It director Kenny Ortega and AEG's Paul Gongaware.
On Wednesday, a lawyer, Kathy Jorrie, hired by AEG to write up the contract with Jackson's personal physician took the witness stand, claiming that Murray had requested a cardiopulmonary resuscitation machine and money to hire another doctor to help with Jackson's care. Those requests were never met and the contract wasn't signed, she said.
Later in the day, it is expected that Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Emir Williams, will testify about what happened inside the singer's bedroom moments after Murray realized that Jackson stopped breathing. Last January, CNN reports that he called the day Jackson died "a horrible, crazy experience."
Gongaware was also on the stand at the start of Wednesday's proceedings, and during cross-examination, Gongaware noted that Jackson had "a little bit of a slower speech pattern, just a slight slur in the speech" after a visit with Dr. Arnold Klein. Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff offers that Klein is partially responsible for the singer's death as the doctor had been giving Jackson shots without his client's knowledge.
If Murray is convicted of involuntary manslaughter, he could be sentenced to four years in a California prison and lose his medical license.