Jackson's doctor cries
LOS ANGELES (AP):
The doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death cried yesterday while hearing five witnesses tell jurors he was thorough and caring and not motivated by money.
Dr Conrad Murray's eyes filled with tears as one of the witnesses, Ruby Mosley, recalled the physician founding a clinic in a poor community in Houston in honour of his father.
Mosley said Murray never would have founded the clinic if he had been greedy, as prosecutors have previously suggested.
"When you went to the doctor, in his office, you did not see a sign when you walked in that (said), 'Pay at the time that services rendered'," Mosley said. "You did not see a sign that said present ID or your insurance card ... You saw the doctor first."
Last of five character witnesses
Murray continued to wipe his eyes for several moments after Mosley left the witness stand. She was the last of five character witnesses that Murray's attorneys called during the doctor's involuntary manslaughter trial. He has pleaded not guilty.
The trial recessed for the day after Mosley's testimony and was expected to resume today with Murray's final witnesses - a pair of medical experts.
Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol in the singer's bedroom on June 25, 2009. Defence attorneys claim the singer gave himself the fatal dose.
Gerry Causey, of Cedar City, Utah, said Murray treated him for a heart attack 11 years ago, and the cardiologist remains his best friend.
Causey said he was not put to sleep at his request while Murray implanted a stent after fully explaining the procedure to him.
"I know his love, his compassion, his feelings for his patients," Causey said. "He's the best doctor I've ever been to."
Murray, 58, last treated Causey in 2008. Causey said the doctor didn't charge him his deductible for office visits.
"I just don't think he did what he's been accused of," Causey said.
Another witness, Dennis Hix of Banning, California, said Murray performed a stent procedure for him for free.
Murray agreed to become Jackson's personal physician for US$150,000 a month but was never paid because the singer died before the contract was signed.
Prosecutors have contended that Murray was heavily in debt and initially sought $5 million to treat Jackson as he prepared for a series of lucrative comeback concerts.
Another character witness, Andrew Guest, echoed Causey's comments about Murray's skill and care.
"He makes sure you're OK, during the procedure, after the procedure," said Guest, a locksmith at a casino in Las Vegas. "I'm alive today because of that man."