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Security Guard: Murray Did Lousy CPR on Jackson

Doctor asked him to help stash vials, according to testimony
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2011 2:29 PM CDT
Security Guard: Conrad Murray Did Lousy CPR on Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's sister, Janet, and brother, Randy, arrive at court Thursday in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – Today's testimony in the Conrad Murray trial doesn't exactly speak to his skills as a doctor. One of Michael Jackson's security guards said that when he entered the singer's room, he saw Murray performing a shoddy version of CPR—using only one hand, intermittently, reports the Los Angeles Times. Murray told him that Jackson was in bad shape and needed to get to a hospital, even as he temporarily halted CPR, grabbed a "handful" of vials, and said, "Here, put these in a bag.” The guard, Alberto Alvarez, said he was also asked to grab a saline bag containing "a milky white substance."

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It was only after Alvarez helped put away vials and bags that Murray told him to call 911, notes TMZ. At one point, Jackson children Paris and Prince entered the room and Paris screamed. "Don't let them see their dad that way," Murray told Alvarez, who ushered them from the room. Yesterday, another security guard said he entered the room about the same time, notes Reuters. "Paris was on the ground balled-up crying and Prince, he was just standing there, he had a real shocked—just slowly crying—look on his face," said Faheem Muhammad. He quoted Murray as saying, "Does anybody know CPR?" (Read more Conrad Murray stories.)

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