Michael Jackson - Conrad Murray Cries In Court
Dr. Conrad Murray was described as the ''best doctor I've ever seen'' by a character witness in his involuntary manslaughter case today (26.10.11).
Dr. Conrad Murray cried as he listened to defence witnesses give evidence in his involuntary manslaughter trial today (26.10.11).
The physician's defence team called five character witnesses to take to the stand to speak about Murray's past record as a medical professional.
The doctor - who is accused of causing the death of Michael Jackson in June 2009 by giving him the anaesthetic Propofol as a sleeping aid - wiped away tears as he listened to the witnesses speak, including the testimony of Ruby Mosley who told jurors how he had founded a clinic in a poor community in Texas in honour of his late father.
Mosley said: "If this man had been greedy, he never would have come to an area or community of Acres Homes, 75 per cent of them poor, on welfare and social security."
The prosecution has accused Murray of being motivated by the $150,000-a-month salary he was being paid to treat Jackson and claim he left him alone after administering the dose of Propofol.
Andrew Guest told the court the physician had saved his life when he treated him for a heart condition in 2002.
Guest said: "That man sitting there is the best doctor I've ever seen. I'm alive today because of that man."
All the five character witnesses were patients at Murray's Las Vegas and Houston practices and he was described as a caring doctor who would spend hours with his patients and offered his services for free to patients who couldn't afford to pay.
Lunette Sampson - a patient at Murray's Las Vegas practice who had been treated for several heart attacks and blockages in her heart and legs - said: "Dr. Murray is not the type to rush through a procedure. When we come, we know he is going to be there for a while."
After jurors left for the day, Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked Murray if he intended to take to the stand himself.
Judge Pastor: "I believe it is my obligation in every criminal case to advise the defendant that a defendant has an absolute right to testify and an absolute right not to testify."
He told the doctor he would expect an answer from him later this week.
Murray - who denies involuntary manslaughter - faces up to four years in prison if he is found guilty.