MJ's Bodyguard: Murray Told Me To Hide Drugs
Alberto Alvarez has given evidence on day three of Conrad Murray's trial...
Michael Jackson's bodyguard Alberto Alvarez has given evidence on day three of Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, admitting the physician told him to hide drugs after MJ's death.
Alvarez recalled to the court that he saw a saline bag containing a 125ml bottle of a "milky white substance" - thought to be the drug Propofol - which Murray asked him stash into a bag before an ambulance was called.
The King of Pop's bodyguard claimed: "While I was standing at the foot of the bed he [Murray] reached over and grabbed a handful of vials and then he said 'Here, put them in a bag'."
Alvarez went on to state that Murray then pointed towards an intravenous stand by the You Are Not Alone singer's bed, and ordered him to take one of the saline bags before calling 911.
He continued: "I recall that while I was detaching [the saline bag] from the IV stand, the bag was at my eye level so I was able to notice that there was a bottle inside the bag. I was able to notice at the bottom of the bag what appeared to me like a milky white substance."
Alberto said he did what he was told because he trusted Murray's actions because he was a doctor, saying: "When I came into the room, Dr Murray said, 'Alberto, hurry, we have to get to hospital, we have to get an ambulance'."
He added: "In my personal experience, I believed Dr Murray had the best intentions for Mr Jackson. I didn't question his authority."
Murray then apparently tried to resuscitate Michael, who by this point "was laying on his back, with his hands extended out... his eyes were slightly open and his mouth was open", as the doctor claimed the legend had had a "bad reaction".
He also claimed that Jackson's children - Prince and Paris - were present in the room shortly after he was found unconscious, telling the jury: "Paris screamed out 'Daddy' and she was crying."
"Dr Murray said to me, 'Don't let them see their dad like this'. I ushered the children out and told them, 'Don't worry, we will take care of it, everything is going to be okay'."
The trial is expected to continue for around five weeks and if found guilty, Murray could face up to four years in jail.