Death Of Michael Jackson May Have Been Preventable, Medic Says
A paramedic says the death of Michael Jackson may have been prevented if 911 was called sooner.
TMZ said Emergency Medical Technician Richard Senneff made the remarks Friday at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray, the Texas cardiologist who was Jackson's personal physician.
Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50. Autopsy results showed lethal levels of the anesthesia propofol and sedatives in his system, UPI.com reported.
Murray is accused of having administered the fatal doses of the drugs in an effort to help Jackson sleep.
Murray's lawyers have argued Jackson became frustrated and administered the last dose of medication himself while Murray was out of the room.
TMZ quoted Senneff as saying Murray told him he called 911 as soon as he realized Jackson was in distress, but the paramedic believed there was actually a 20-minute delay before Murray dialed for help.
Senneff said Jackson was dead when he and the other paramedics arrived, but he believes they might have restarted Jackson's heart if Murray had called them immediately.
The EMT also said Murray lied and told emergency workers Jackson had no underlying health conditions and initially said he wasn't on any medication, then admitted Jackson was on sedatives but didn't mention he was on propofol, TMZ reported.