With a series of former girlfriends of Dr. Conrad Murray taking the witness stand Tuesday, much attention focused on a phone call between the doctor and one of those girlfriends that was interrupted by mumbling and coughing in the background, CNN reports.
Prosecutors have suggested that it was at that moment that Murray realized Jackson was having problems, the story reports.
Murray is on trial in Los Angeles for involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop singer. The prosecution has been hammering out its case this week, with the courtroom action getting full coverage from HLN and being closely followed by other TV news outlets.
Sade Anding, a Houston cocktail waitress, was one of three of Murray’s girlfriends who took the stand Tuesday morning. Anding testified that Murray called her at 11:51 a.m. on June 25, 2009, the day Jackson died. She said she had done all the talking and was “telling him about my day” when she realized Murray was not responding, the story reports.
“I said, ‘Hello, hello, are you there?” she testified, according to the report.
The story adds: “She said when she pressed her cell phone against her ear, ‘I heard the mumbling of voices … and I heard coughing, and nobody answered.’"
Anding testified that she hung up the phone about three minutes later. Prosecutors apparently think it was during that phone call that Murray shifted his focus to looking after Jackson after realizing the singer was in trouble.
Murray was reportedly living with Nicole Alvarez at the time, and Alvarez also testified. She said Murray arranged for her to meet Jackson as a surprise for Alvarez, leaving her “speechless.” “I couldn’t believe I was meeting Michael Jackson,” Alvarez, 29, testified.
Testimony in the case continues this afternoon.