Jackson Doctor Stocked Up On Powerful Drug

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January 11, 2011 | 2:20pm EST

Michael Jackson’s embattled physician Dr. Conrad Murray purchased 255 vials of the powerful drug that killed the King of Pop in the three months leading up to the singer’s death, a court has heard.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter for administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol which caused the Thriller superstar to suffer a cardiac arrest on 25 June, 2009.

A preliminary hearing to determine whether the medic should stand trial for the charge began in Los Angeles last week and continued on Monday as pharmacist Tim Lopez took the stand to testify.

Lopez, the owner of Applied Pharmacy Services in Las Vegas, where Murray has a clinic, told the court that the doctor ordered four shipments of Propofol between 6 April and 10 June, 2009, although he never identified the client who required the drug.

Earlier on Monday, police detective Orlando Martinez, who interviewed the accused two days after the star’s death, claimed Murray told him he had been giving Jackson the anaesthetic six nights a week for two months prior to his death, but was trying to wean him off the drug.

The cop added Murray had allegedly told police that on the day of Jackson’s death, he gave him sedatives lorazepam and midazolam intravenously and supplied a valium pill, before agreeing to give him Propofol after the star complained he still couldn’t sleep.

It also emerged that Jackson had threatened to cancel his London comeback concerts unless he was given drugs to help him rest.

The hearing continues.