The manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray entered its second day this morning, and the prosecution called Jackson's assistant Michael Amir Williams to testify about the night the singer died. While he was on the stand, the prosecution presented a video of Williams playing a short, panicked voicemail he received from Murray on June 25, 2009. In the video, Williams proved the voicemail wasn't doctored by 1) unlocking his iPhone, 2) hitting "Phone" and then "Voicemail," and 3) showing everyone watching the trial on TV all three of Murray's personal Las Vegas phone numbers. Prank callers of the world unite!
The Amp called Murray's work number, and surprise, we were greeted with a message informing us "The number you have reached is out of service." A call to Murray's mobile phone number led us to the voicemail of a woman who was definitely not Murray (man, do we feel terrible for this poor Las Vegas woman who now has Murray's old number -- she's going to have a lot of angry messages). Finally, dialing the home number resulted in an automated voice that said, "The number you have dialed is not a working number." So, The Amp couldn't get in touch with Murray. (Not like he would've picked up anyway, he was sitting in court.) HLN has since blurred the phone numbers on replays after broadcasting them during the live trial.
It's worth noting that in Murray's voicemails to Williams in the moments after Jackson's "bad reaction" to Propofol, at no point was Williams told to call 911. Murray instead tried, and failed, to revive Jackson on his own. Williams also testified that, after Jackson was pronounced dead at the hospital, Murray asked the assistant to go back to Jackson's mansion and retrieve the singer's skin-lightening creams before investigators descended on the scene. He also asked Williams to give him a ride so he could get something to eat.
The Murray trial is speeding along in day two as a lawyer for the concert giant AEG testified about the specifics of the doctor's contract with Jackson. Testimony revealed that among the medical equipment Murray asked for in his contract, one of the items was essentially a defibrillator to resuscitate Jackson in case of emergency. Considering that Jackson was in "perfect health" as Murray put it when the contract was signed, that item struck the AEG lawyer as an odd request.
- Michael Amir Williams
- Conrad Murray