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September 28, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The voice that echoed through a packed courtroom was low and woozy, but the ambition in the slurred words was vintage Michael Jackson. "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. " The grand vision to entertain millions died six weeks later with the singer. But it was resurrected Tuesday for an audience of 12: the jury in the manslaughter trial of his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. The recording was the emotional peak in the dramatic opening day of legal proceedings anticipated since the singer's 2009 death.
October 28, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
They gathered in the darkness outside Men's Central Jail late Sunday, bonding over Michael Jackson tunes playing on an iPhone. Jackson's image on their shirts peeked out from under jackets as a chilly mist threatened to turn into rain. Their goal, one of them said, was singular: Welcome Conrad Murray to "his living hell. " "We were some of the last faces he saw going in," said Julia Thomas, 44, of Los Angeles. "And we're going to be the first faces coming out. " But Thomas never saw Murray, the doctor convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.
October 1, 2011 | By Victoria Kim and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
The portrait of Michael Jackson's doctor that emerged from the first week of his manslaughter trial in the King of Pop's death had many faces. Was Conrad Murray the doctor who called patients "friends" and returned their calls no matter the hour? Or was he the doctor who talked on the phone while one of them died? Was he the one who cared for the poor when they couldn't pay? Or the one who demanded $5 million for his services? Was he the man who saved lives or the one who took the most prominent life entrusted to him?
January 6, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dr. Conrad Murray was talking on the phone and texting during the period authorities say he should have been closely monitoring Michael Jackson's vital signs, according to records prosecutors displayed in court Thursday. In the approximately five hours before Murray discovered that his famous patient had stopped breathing, he had 11 phone conversations on two different phones. A trio of back-to-back calls lasting 45 minutes led directly to the moment when prosecutors say the physician realized Jackson was in cardiac arrest.
January 11, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Conrad Murray told detectives that Michael Jackson begged him for propofol on the day he died, saying his long-awaited comeback would never happen if the physician didn't put him to sleep with the drug he called "milk," according to court testimony Monday. A homicide investigator said Murray described himself as "pressured" into administering the surgical anesthetic despite concerns that the 50-year-old music legend had become addicted as he prepared for a series of concerts in London.
April 7, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Lawyers for Michael Jackson's personal physician want to argue at his manslaughter trial that financial worries led the music superstar to take a massive and ultimately fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol, according to statements in court Wednesday. Dr. Conrad Murray's defense has said previously that Jackson drank or injected a large amount of the drug in an attempt to sleep, but at a hearing in advance of next month's trial, his lead attorney supplemented the theory with a potential motive — financial pressure on the pop icon to succeed at his latest comeback attempt.
April 8, 2011 | By Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
Dr. Conrad Murray's legal team asked a judge Thursday to prohibit any mention of the physician's extramarital affairs, out-of-wedlock children or penchant for strip clubs at his manslaughter trial next month in the death of Michael Jackson. In papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the defense argued that such evidence was irrelevant and would be used by prosecutors only "to inflame the passions of the jury. " "The prosecution's case involves the treatment and care of Michael Jackson provided by Dr. Murray.
November 11, 2011 | By James Rainey and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles Times
A British documentary film producer provided Conrad Murray and his defense team with free lunches, rides to court and even accompanied the doctor on a shopping trip to upgrade his wardrobe, according to the man who drove the doctor during his six-week trial for manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. The unusual arrangement gave a London-based production company a close-up view unobtainable by any of the news outlets that swarmed around the high-publicity trial, which ended this week with Murray's conviction.
November 8, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
It was a few minutes after 1 p.m. when the moment many had waited hours for finally arrived: The verdict was in, and Conrad Murray was guilty. They cheered, they cried, they embraced strangers like longtime friends. And, then, with perfect timing, a black Volkswagen Beetle cruised by, a Michael Jackson impersonator behind the wheel and "Billie Jean" blaring from the speakers. Candace Juleff was wearing a tank top bedazzled with the silhouette of the pop star, and she pulled her top off when she heard the news, waving it around in front of the TV news cameras, wearing only a sports bra. PHOTOS: The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray "Yes!
December 30, 2010 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
An attorney for the doctor facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of pop star Michael Jackson indicated at a hearing Wednesday that the defense will focus on a second syringe found at the singer's bedside. Attorney J. Michael Flanagan, representing Dr. Conrad Murray, told the judge the syringe may have been used by someone other than the doctor to administer the powerful anesthetic that caused Jackson's death June 25, 2009. "Who injected the propofol? That's the issue in this case," Flanagan told Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.
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