Dr. Conrad Murray’s Trial Resumes, New Witnesses Called To The Stand


Vibe | September 28, 2011 - 6:01 pm

The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter case resumes today in L.A. court. Yesterday, Jackson’s friend and former choreographer, “This is It” documentary director Kenny Ortega gave an eye-opening testimony.

“My friend wasn’t right. … There was something going on that was deeply troubling me,” Ortega said of Jackson’s demeanor on June 19, a week before the singer’s death.

Today, key witnesses took the stand: Michael Jackson’s personal assistant Michael Amir Williams, AEG attorney Kathy Jorrie took the stand this morning — describing the contract she drafted between AEG, Dr. Murray, and Michael Jackson., Paul Gongaware  — claiming Dr. Conrad Murray requested an astronomical salary for his services to MJ.

Watch on as live stream coverage of the trial continues

TMZ broke down Ortega’s statements below:

* Ortega — creator and director of “This Is It” — says Michael was “very excited” about the show.
* Ortega said in mid to late June, 2009 Michael missed several rehearsals.
* On Friday June 19th, Ortega noticed Michael “wasn’t right” and that something was going on. Ortega said it “troubled him.” He said Michael seemed lost and was “incoherent.”
* Ortega says he sat with Michael as he watched the rehearsals — rubbing Michael’s feet because the singer was freezing cold. Michael left early that day.
* Ortega says he was so worried about Michael, he sent an email to AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips (below) — saying Michael needed psychological help.

 *Ortega says he was confronted by Murray during a meeting at Michael’s home on June 20th. Murray  told him he was upset Ortega didn’t let him rehearse, berating him for acting like a doctor (video below).
* Ortega says on June 23, barely 4 days after Michael was sick, he came to rehearsals full of energy. Ortega said “it was a different Michael.”
* On June 25th, Ortega got a phone call from AEG Live Co-CEO Paul Gongaware saying an ambulance had taken Michael to the hospital. Paul called later and told Ortega, “we lost him.”
* During cross examination, Ortega told defense attorney Ed Chernoff, Murray was in charge of Michael’s schedule leading up to his death.
* When asked whether he thought Michael was abusing drugs, Ortega said yes.
* Ortega said right before June 19th, Michael “went missing for about a week.”
* Ortega stepped down subject to recall.