Dr. Conrad Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial wrapped up its first week. It started off as macabre as ever, with the jury subject to a pre-death recording by Jackson and also being shown a death photo.
Dr. Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, said in an opening statement that Jackson self-administered the Propofol that would eventually kill him. But reports are now surfacing that Michael Jackson’s fingerprints were not found on any of the Propofol bottles.
A source told RadarOnline.com: “Plain and simply, the Los Angeles Police Department didn't find any fingerprints of Michael Jackson's on ANY Propofol bottles or the Lorazepam bottles. There were no partial fingerprints of Michael's or any unknown prints on the medication bottles.”
Not good news for Murray, and two paramedics also testified last week, saying that Dr. Murray never revealed he had given Jackson Propofol. Richard Senneff was the first paramedic on the scene and said that after Michael was transferred into the ambulance, he went back into the bedroom to get his medical equipment, and he saw Dr. Murray putting lidocaine vials into a bag.
The other paramedic, Martin Blout, said that when they got to the Jackson home, Dr. Murray was “agitated” and asked “for help.” Monday morning, Dr. Richelle Cooper continued her testimony from Friday, when she told jurors that Jackson was “clinically dead” upon arrival. She also said that Murray never mentioned Propofol.
Sade Anding is one of Murray’s multiple girlfriends and was on the phone with the doctor when she heard the Murray’s phone fall to the floor. Anding heard the panic in the room where Jackson died, and is also scheduled to testify on Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the Jackson kids—Prince, Paris, and Blanket--have reportedly been boycotting the trial. According to TMZ, the children have “created a self-imposed blackout of Conrad Murray’s trial”, as reliving their father’s death is too painful for them.
TMZ says that Prince is still willing to take stand. Hollyscoop talked to attorney Mark Geragos, who once defended Jackson himself, about the issues that arise with one of the children taking the stand. According to Gergaos, “from the media standpoint there couldn’t be anything more powerful” than having one of the Jackson kids testify.
“That is the double edged sword,” Geragos continued, adding that Prince’s testimony could “inadvertently help the defense.”
“I think every high-profile case has it’s own problems that are associated with them,” Geragos told us. “One of them is the media and having to deal with the media and the constant onslaught of being second-guessed. Having all that kind of stuff that floats around the case that has nothing to do with what goes on in the courtroom. You have to filter that out, you have to kind of hunker down and try to just let that water drip off your back.”