Today marks the fifth day of testimony in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murrary, who is facing manslaughter charges for his role in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson. Among the day’s witnesses? Dr Murray’s girlfriends…yes, girlfriends with an ‘s’. He managed to contact three of them in the moments before he realized that his patient had stopped breathing and, by most accounts, had died in his home before parametics were able to respond.
Bridgette Morgan, who has been involved with Murray since 2003, spoke to the doctor about thirty minutes before he realized there was a problem with Jackson.
Sade Andling, a waitress, previously testified that she was on the phone with Murray when he “suddenly stopped responding to her”. Prosecutors have contended that this is the moment in which the doctor realized MJ has stopped breathing. “I didn’t hear him on the phone anymore,” Anding said. “I heard commotion as if the phone was in a pocket and I heard coughing and I heard a mumbling of voices.” She claims she stayed on the phone five more minutes waiting for him to say something.
The most important testimony may come from Nicole Alvarez, who is also the mother of Murray’s youngest child. The propofol provided to Jackson, which caused his death, was shipped to her apartment. She maintains that she knew very little about the doctor and his work. “Dr. Murray and I were on a need-to-know basis, and I just know my place and my position in his life,” Alvarez said. Murray telephoned her from the ambulance as Jackson was transported to the hospital.
Calling three girlfriends as your patient is dying? If Dr. Murray isn’t found guilty, don’t be surprised if a rabid MJ fan takes him out a la Nino Brown’s demise in New Jack City.
Other witness expected to speak today include a cardiologist from the ER team that attempted to save Jackson and the doctor who pronounced the Pop icon dead.