LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- More paramedics and emergency room doctors testified Thursday against Conrad Murray, the late pop icon Michael Jackson's personal physician who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the singer's death.
At a preliminary hearing held in a downtown Los Angeles court, which drew into the third day, Dr. Richelle Coope testified that Murray did not say he had given Jackson propofol, a powerful anesthetic generally administered only in hospital setting for sedating patients, when she asked the doctor what medications Jackson was on after the King of Pop was sent by ambulance to UCLA Medical Center about six-minute drive from the singer's home.
Only the anxiety medication lorazepam was administered, Murray replied, according to Cooper. The superstar was dead on arrival at the hospital, she added.
Cooper said she had been in contact with paramedics who went to Jackson's estate and told them there was nothing that could be done for the singer
Los Angeles County coroners ruled that Jackson, 50, died of acute propofol intoxication at his newly rented Holmby Hills estate on June 25, 2009.
The hearing was held to determine if there is enough evidence for Murray, 57, to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, the physician faces up to four years behind bars.
Prosecutors contend that Murray failed to tell paramedics or doctors that he had administered propofol to the singer and took steps that were an "extreme deviation from the standard of care." They also allege that Murray and security personnel collected drug vials and other materials from the room before calling 911.