On the first full day of testimony in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit, a paramedic that responded to the pop singer’s rented mansion in 2009 after a 911 call was placed testified that he didn’t believe the King of Pop’s then doctor, Conrad Murray was qualified to give his own patient CPR, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
Katherine Jackson filed the lawsuit against concert promoter AEG, and alleges they didn’t properly investigate Murray, who had been hired by Michael, to be his full-time physician for a series of concerts in London. AEG contends Michael hired Murray at his discretion, and they aren’t responsible for his tragic death.
According to the AP, paramedic Richard Senneff, the first witness called by Katherine’s lawyers, testified he thought the patient whom he didn’t recognize as the pop singer, was terminally ill.
“To me, he looked like someone who was at the end stage of a long disease process,” Senneff said, adding that Murray told him that he was treating Michael for dehydration.
Katherine left the courtroom as the paramedic described the attempts to revive her son.
Senneff noted that Murray “was sweaty, he was very busy….I didn’t think he was qualified to perform CPR on the patient.”
By that time, according to his testimony, Michael had blue hands, feet, and lips, the singer’s eyes were dilated, and that he hadn’t been breathing for an extended period of time.
Murray was convicted in the involuntary manslaughter death of Michael, who died of acute propofol intoxication.
The second witness on the stand was LAPD detective Orlando Martinez. The 19-year veteran told jurors that he responded to the UCLA Medical Center, where Michael had been transported at the insistence of Murray, even though the paramedics wanted to declare him dead at the house.
The trial is expected to last three months, and Katherine is seeking $40 billion in damages.