LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Los Angeles police detective who investigated the 2009 death of Michael Jackson told a jury today that he and other LAPD personnel could not find the singer’s personal physician in the hours after the pop star’s death.
In his third day of testimony in trial of Katherine Jackson’s negligence and wrongful death lawsuit against entertainment giant AEG Live, Detective Orlando Martinez said under questioning by defense attorney Marvin Putnam that he considered it “suspicious” that Dr. Conrad Murray was not answering repeated phone calls.
“If there was a medical emergency or a natural death, why wouldn’t you be willing to speak with us?,” Martinez said.
AEG Live attorneys maintain that the entertainer hired Murray three years earlier as his personal physician and chose him to be his doctor during his “This Is It Tour.” Jackson was rehearsing for 50 sold-out tour dates in London at the time of his June 25, 2009, death.
But lawyers for 82-year-old Katherine Jackson, who filed the lawsuit in 2010 on behalf of herself and her son’s three children, allege AEG Live hired Murray and failed to properly supervise him.
Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for giving the singer the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid and was sentenced to four years in jail.
Martinez testified he and another detective were able to finally interview Murray two days after the entertainer’s death at age 50. He said two of Murray’s lawyers were also present and that the questioning lasted about 2 1/2 hours.
Based on information Murray provided, detectives obtained a search warrant and went back to Jackson’s rented Holmby Hills mansion on June 29 and looked for some medical bags the doctor said were kept on a closet shelf in the singer’s bedroom, Martinez said.
“This is (where) all that propofol (was), correct?,” Putnam asked.
“Yes,” Martinez said.
The detective said he had previously found a bottle of propofol lying on the floor near Jackson’s bed.
Asked by Putnam if he knew anything about propofol at the time, Martinez replied affirmatively and added, “My next-door neighbor is a doctor.”
Martinez said Jackson’s bedroom and other rooms on the same second floor of the three-level residence were in disarray. He said there was a “night and day” difference between the the second and first floors because the latter level was very clean and tidy.
Martinez said that only Jackson’s chef was allowed on the second floor and that was only so he could drop off food for the singer.
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