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Jurors at Conrad Murray’s trial are expected to hear his version of the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death in his own words for the first time Friday when his police interview is introduced into evidence in court.
Media reports indicate that one of the detectives who questioned Murray on June 27, 2009—two days after Jackson’s death—could be called to the witness stand Friday to testify about the interview. Some details of Murray’s statements have been revealed in previous hearings, but the full two-hour recording has never been released.
At a January 2011 hearing, Los Angeles Police Det. Orlando Martinez testified that Murray told investigators he had tried to wean Jackson off of using propofol as a sleep aid, but the singer “pressured” him to continue providing it. Martinez said Murray also told them that he did not learn about Jackson’s use of propofol until after he took the job as his personal physician.
Murray reportedly told detectives that he left Jackson alone for a couple of minutes to use the bathroom around 11:00 am on June 25, 2009 and Jackson was not breathing when he returned. Murray said that he did not call 911 immediately because he busy caring for Jackson. Testimony at the trial so far has indicated that this may have all happened closer to noon.
In a February 2010 interview with RadarOnline.com, defense attorney Michael Flanagan acknowledged that Murray’s initial timeline was wrong.
“Doctors make mistakes, and that is what he did, and it was simply just that, a mistake,” Flanagan said.
Before Murray’s interview with police is played in court, however, the defense will continue cross examination of Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office toxicologist Dan Anderson about the drugs found in Jackson’s body during his autopsy.
On Thursday, Flanagan questioned Anderson about the level of lorazepam in Jackson’s stomach being higher than that in his blood, but Anderson said that was not necessarily consistent with the defense theory that Jackson ingested the drug orally. Anderson said it is possible the lorazepam in the stomach could have come from his blood or from oral absorption.
Defense attorney Ed Chernoff had suggested in his opening statement that Jackson may have self-administered propofol and swallowed several lorazepam pills without Murray’s knowledge.
Jackson’s autopsy listed “acute propofol intoxication” as the cause of his death. Prosecutors have alleged that Murray is responsible for giving Jackson the drugs and failing to treat him adequately afterward. If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray could face up to four years in prison.
The parents of a missing 10-month-old girl are denying claims by police that they have stopped cooperating with investigators.
“We just want to make sure that we tell everybody that we’re still cooperating,” Jeremy Irwin said on NBC’s “Today Show” Friday. “We’re still talking to the police. We’re doing everything we can to try to find Lisa and bring her home.”
Irwin, the father of 10-month-old baby Lisa Irwin, tried to explain why he halted a police interview Thursday afternoon.
“I reached my boiling point…I said, ‘Guys, I can’t do this anymore today. I need a break. I can’t answer any more questions.’ Then we asked to leave and the next thing we knew was the press conference yesterday evening so it completely caught us by surprise.”
At the press conference Irwin was referring to, Kansas City Police Capt. Steve Young stated, “There’s no doubt, they informed us that they no longer wish to cooperate with the investigation.”
Young said that the parents’ refusal to answer questions would hurt the search for their daughter, but “our door is always open” if they decide to come back.
“They live in the house. They intimately have information about what’s been going on. They know the child,” Young said, explaining the importance of their input. He declined to go into specifics about the status of the search or the questions that were posed to the parents in their interviews, however.
Irwin and Lisa’s mother, Deborah Bradley, said they were both questioned aggressively on Tuesday after they reported their daughter missing from her crib around 4:00 am. They claimed she was last seen around 10:30 pm Monday by her mother, but she was gone when her father returned from work in the morning.
On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Bradley said Friday that police had directly accused her of involvement in her daughter’s disappearance.
“When they first questioned me,” she said, “once I couldn’t fill in gaps, it turned into, ‘You did it.’ And they put the picture down of her on the table and they said, ‘Look at your baby and do what’s right for her and just tell everybody where she is so she can come home.’ And I kept saying, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.’”
According to Bradley, investigators told her she failed a polygraph test, which she had volunteered to take.
“They said that I failed,” Bradley said on “Today.” “And I continued to say that’s not possible because I don’t know where she’s at. I did not do this.”
Irwin said that he had not been asked to take a polygraph, but that “I’d be willing to do whatever it takes to bring my daughter Lisa home where she belongs and if that’s what it takes, that’s what we will do.”
Irwin and Bradley both said that they had no doubt about each other’s innocence.
“He’s a good father and he’s good to me and he loves her,” Bradley said.
Lisa’s parents insisted that they were not angry with police over the way they have been treated, though.
“We cannot stress enough to thank the Kansas City Police Department because this is their job,” Bradley said on “GMA.” “This is part of the process and we appreciate everything they’ve done and all the volunteers and the search and rescue and everybody…We just want to bring Lisa home.”
A police spokeswoman said Friday that the search for Lisa will continue and that they hope to reestablish communication with her family.
“Our main focus is finding Lisa Irwin, and we hope to continue the cooperative communication that we have had with the parents,” Sgt. Stacey Graves told the Kansas City Star.
Anyone with information about the missing girl is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477.