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Jackson’s doctor didn’t tell of drug, jury told

Associated Press / October 4, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - An emergency room physician told jurors yesterday that Michael Jackson’s doctor never mentioned that he had given the singer the powerful anesthetic propofol, but acknowledged the disclosure probably wouldn’t have saved the singer.

Dr. Richelle Cooper recounted her conversations with Dr. Conrad Murray on the day Jackson died, telling jurors that he told her that he had only given the singer the sedative lorazepam.

She said under defense questioning that had Murray mentioned the anesthetic, it probably wouldn’t have helped doctors save Jackson’s life because he was “clinically dead’’ by the time he arrived at the hospital.

Cooper resumed testifying yesterday as Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial began its second week.

Murray, 58, has pleaded not guilty and his defense lawyers say Jackson gave himself a fatal dose of sedatives and propofol, which is normally administered in hospital settings.

Authorities say Murray administered the fatal dose and acted recklessly by providing Jackson the drug as a sleep aid.

Cooper testified she never asked Murray to sign a death certificate because, by the time he was brought to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Jackson became her patient.

“Mr. Jackson was my patient and I didn’t really have an explanation for why he was dead,’’ she said.

Cooper has previously testified she gave paramedics permission to pronounce Jackson dead, but that Murray wanted resuscitation efforts to continue at the hospital. She has said more than an hour of resuscitation efforts at the hospital did nothing to improve his condition.

Cooper also told jurors about trying to speak to Jackson’s children after he was pronounced dead at the hospital at 2:26 p.m. on June 25, 2009. “They were crying,’’ Cooper said. “They were fairly hysterical.’’

Cooper is the 12th witness that prosecutors have called so far in the trial, which is expected to last five weeks.

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