Security guard says Michael Jackson's doctor told him to hide IV bag and vials
One of Michael Jackson's security guards removed an IV bag full of medication from the singer's deathbed on the orders of Dr. Conrad Murray, the L.A. Times reports. You'd think they may have wanted to make sure the ambulance was there first.
Alberto Alvarez told a judge Wednesday that Murray told him that Jackson needed an ambulance, but then told him to gather several vials and an IV bag: "I noticed that inside (the IV bag), there was like a bottle ... and then I noticed that at the bottom of the bag there was a milk-like substance," Alvarez said. That's a pretty good description for what the anesthetic propofol looks like, the Times said.
Alvarez said Murray then told him to call an ambulance. If all of this sounds new to you, that's because Alvarez didn't tell police in two initial interviews about the removal, despite being the first security guard on the scene, and therefore the key witness to the state of the room.
Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, asked Alvarez if he thought it was suspicious that Murray had told him to remove potential evidence, to which Alvarez replied, "Apparently not." He responded that he thought Murray was packing up to go to the hospital.
Much more alarming was the revelation that Murray didn't seem to know how to perform CPR, needing a 911 operator to tell him to move Jackson to the floor and requiring Alvarez's help performing chest compressions.
"After the second time, he gave a breath, he came up and said, 'You know, this is the first time I give mouth to mouth, but I have to do it, he’s my friend,'" Alvarez said. That does not inspire very much confidence in credentials from whatever medical school Dr. Murray attended (for the record, that's the Meharry Medical College in Nashville).
[Photo: Sister Janet was looking all "Ms. Jackson if you're nasty" at court on Wednesday. Getty Images]