While it was previously rumored that Michael Jackson's eldest son, Prince, would take the stand at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, it turns out that's not going to happen.
The King of Pop's mom, Katherine Jackson, has ruled out Prince being a witness on the manslaughter trial of his father. Katherine told CNN she wouldn't even discuss any of the children appearing in front prosecutors.
Michael's head of security, Faheem Muhammed said earlier in the trial that Paris was "balled up and crying" during the time of his father's death. Dr. Conrad Murray was trying to resuscitate the singer. Paris and Prince were right outside the room. Then, in the emergency room, Dr. Conrad Murray says he tried to comfort the Jackson children after they found out their father had died.
"I hugged them all, gave comfort to Paris, comfort to Prince, comfort to 'Blanket', which is the last little guy, because whenever they were sick, they would always ask for Dr. Conrad."
But a Jackson family member was with the children that day and says Prince denies Murray's claim. Not looking good for him. Also not looking good is the latest witness the prosecution has whipped out.
On Wednesday, the prosecution brought anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Shafer to the stand as their final witness. Dr. Shafer is a Propofol expert who testified that Conrad Murray was criminally negligent in his medical treatment of Michael Jackson. He called Murray's behavior as a doctor "utterly inappropriate."
Dr. Shafer testified that the exact dosage of Propofol is crucial, adding that the slightest amount could cause a patient to go from sleeping a few minutes to a few hours.
Jurors were then shown a video on how Propofol should be used in the operating room. The video also showed how a patient should be successfully revived from cardiac arrest.
Shafer said that Propofol should be infused through a pump to avoid overdosing, and there must be "informed consent" on paper, not just verbally. And possibly the most crucial mistake Murray has made is that he didn't call for help, which is the first thing a doctor should do if the patient stops breathing. Shafter described what physically happened to Jackson when he died:
"At that point in time, the oxygen in his lungs starts to be consumed by the blood, but its not being replaced."
He made the point that if Conrad Murray had equipped himself with the appropriate medical equipment, "that would have saved Michael Jackson's life." Shafer added:
"Without monitoring the blood pressure, there was no way of knowing if [Jackson] was at risk of an exaggerated response."