During the first day of Conrad Murray’s preliminary hearing in Los Angeles today, Deputy District attorney David Walgren, said he will rely on Murray’s statements to police, as well as text messages, phone records and expert testimony to show the doctor should stand trial.
Evidence was given for the prosecution, by bodyguard Faheem Muhammad, who testified that he saw Michael lying on his bed, his eyes and mouth wide open, when he arrived. He did not look alive. He described Murray as panicked, and that the doctor asked whether anyone knew how to perform CPR. He was performing CPR on Michael with one hand, and on a soft bed.
When Murray’s attorney, Mr Chernoff, asked Fahhem if he could have meant that he was tired and needed help, Faheem answered, “The way that he asked it is as if he didn’t know CPR.”
Michael’s friend and choreographer Kenny Ortega, described how Michael appeared sick during one rehearsal day, before his death and left early. The rehearsals were for the London, ‘This Is It,’ concerts.
Mr. Ortega said, after that incident Murray, “was upset that I had sent Michael home the night before and didn’t allow him to rehearse.” Murray had told him that it was not his business to interfere in Michael’s health matters.
The hearing will resume on Wednesday, and could continue for up to two weeks, as over 30 prosecution witnesses are expected to be called.