DR. Conrad Murray assured concert promoters Michael Jackson was in "perfect health" the day before he died, despite requesting money to hire a second physician and additional medical equipment to help him care for the King of Pop, a court has heard.
Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial began on Tuesday (27Sep11) at Los Angeles Superior Court, where jurors heard how choreographer-turned-director Kenny Ortega had been told to stay out of Jackson's medical affairs after voicing grave concerns for the singer's welfare to the doctor a week before his death in June, 2009.
Aeg Live promoter Paul Gongaware also took the stand and told prosecutors that Jackson had been on top form when he announced the This Is It concerts at London's O2 Arena, and demanded 21 extra shows when the first 10 quickly sold out.
On Wednesday morning (28Sep11), Aeg attorney Kathy Jorrie, who had drafted the contract hiring Murray as Jackson's personal physician, testified that the medic had expressed a need for an additional doctor and a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (Cpr) machine.
Murray reportedly asked for the Cpr equipment as a security measure due to 50-year-old Jackson's advancing age and the strenuous nature of the mammoth 50-date This Is It event. The requests had not been granted by the time Jackson died, as the two parties had yet to finalise the deal.
Jorrie then recalled speaking to Murray on 24 June, 2009, when the medic insisted Jackson was in "perfect health" after witnessing him rehearse - contradicting Ortega's fears that the singer was too ill to perform.
Murray is accused of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol that cost Jackson his life. His lawyers maintain the exhausted King of Pop injected himself with the drug in a desperate bid to relieve pain and get some much needed rest.
The trial continues.