A bodyguard obeyed a frantic doctor’s instructions to bag up medical equipment and shield Michael Jackson’s children from seeing their father as the singer’s lifeless body lay on a bed in his palatial mansion, a court heard.
Alberto Alvarez told the Los Angeles court all this happened before he was told by Dr Conrad Murray to call an ambulance.
Mr Alvarez said he was the first security guard to reach Jackson’s room after word came that something was wrong, and described a shocking scene.
The King of Pop was on his bed connected to an IV tube and a urinary catheter. His eyes and mouth were open, and Murray was leaning over him doing one-handed chest compressions to try to revive him, he said.
Mr Alvarez said he was “frozen” at the sight.
“I said, ‘Dr Murray, what happened?’ And he said, ‘He had a reaction. He had a bad reaction’.”
The evidence came during a preliminary hearing to determine if Murray, the singer’s personal doctor, will be tried on a charge of involuntary manslaughter.
Authorities say Murray gave Jackson, 50, a lethal dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion before he died on June 25 2009.
Murray, a Houston, Texas, cardiologist, has pleaded not guilty, and his lawyers have said he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.
Defence lawyers did not deliver an opening statement at the hearing. Murray could face up to four years in prison if tried and convicted.