4 Jan 2011
People vs. Dr. Conrad Murray
Kenny Ortega Testifies
Kenny Ortega, MJ's producer/director for "This Is It," was the first to testify, stating just days before MJ died, Dr. Murray was upset that Kenny sent MJhome from rehearsal on June 19. According to Ortega ... Murray felt only he should make such decisions.
According to Ortega ... Dr. Murray said during the June 20 meeting at MJ's home that Michael was "physically and emotionally fine," even though Ortega said MJ had the chills and was not well during the failed rehearsal the day before.
The June 20 meeting at MJ's home is important for prosecutors, who claim it shows Murray did not care about MJ's health.
And Ortega said June 23 and 24 were "two wonderful days of rehearsal" and that MJ was happy and healthy. The point -- that Jackson wasn't in distress the day before he died, and it was the Propofol that did him in.
During cross examination, Ortega denied he read Michael "the riot act" during the June 20 meeting.
Prosecutor: Jackson Was Already Dead
Updated 1/04/11 at 10:15am
Los Angeles County Prosecutor David Walgrenbegan to lay out the case against Dr. Conrad Murray... saying in his opening statement that Michael Jackson was dead even before paramedics got to MJ's home.
Walgren also told Judge Michael Pastor Murray tried to conceal the fact he had administered Propofol to Jackson.
Walgren said the evidence will show Murray ordered a bodyguard to help him clean up evidence and waited at least 20 minutes before he called 911.
He also pointed out Murray performed CPR incorrectly -- with one hand on his bed, rather than a hard surface.
Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, declined to make an opening statement.
The first witness the prosecution will call is "This Is It" producer/director Kenny Ortega.