Jackson Doc Halted CPR to Collect Drug Vials

Report suggests Conrad Murray tried to hide evidence
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 23, 2010 6:00 AM CDT
Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's doctor, is arraigned at the Airport Courthouse to face charges of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death in Los Angeles on Monday, Feb. 8, 2010.   (AP Photo/Mark Boster, Pool)

(Newser) – Michael Jackson's doctor stopped performing CPR on the dying pop star and delayed calling paramedics so he could collect drug vials at the scene, according to documents obtained by the AP that shed new light on the singer's chaotic final moments. The explosive allegation that Dr. Conrad Murray may have tried to hide evidence is likely to be a focus as prosecutors move ahead with their involuntary manslaughter case against him.

The account was given to investigators by Alberto Alvarez, Jackson's logistics director, who was summoned to the stricken star's side as he was dying on June 25. Alvarez told investigators he rushed to Jackson's room and saw the star lying in bed, an IV attached to his leg. Jackson's mouth was agape, eyes open and there was no sign of life. Murray worked frantically, at one point performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation while Alvarez took over CPR.

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