Michael Jackson's Doctor's Manslaughter Trial Begins

Jan 6, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Michael Jackson's Doctor's Manslaughter Trial Begins

The manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician to late pop icon Michael Jackson, has begun, reports TMZ.

Los Angeles County Prosecutor David Walgren laid out his opening statement earlier this week, arguing that Jackson had died before paramedics were called to the star's home. He also claimed that Murray conspicuously failed to tell healthcare providers that he had given Jackson the anesthetic drug Propofol, that he tried to hide evidence, that he delayed calling 911 and that he did not perform CPR correctly during attempts to resuscitate the singer.

Altogether, Murray's actions constituted "extreme deviation from the standard of care," Walgren reportedly said to Judge Michael Pastor Murray.

According to ABC News, paramedic Richard Senneff testified later on in the trial. He told the court that when he arrived at Jackson's house, the singer was cold and limp, his eyes were open and dessicated and his hands and feet had turned blue.

He added that Murray never mentioned his administration of Propofol, which medical authorities believe was responsible for Jackson's death.