Loyal Patients of Dr. Murray Testify for the Defense
Dr. Conrad Murray was moved to tears as a parade of witnesses called him the best physician they've ever known.
"I am alive today because of that man," said one witness.
One witness even shook Murray's hand and embraced him in the courtroom.
It was an emotional day for Murray, who heard five former patients testify that the doctor they know is nothing like the one prosecutors say is responsible for the death of Michael Jackson.
"He's the best doctor I've ever been to. I don't think he did what he's accused of," said another witness.
Criminal defense attorney Alison Triessl told INSIDE EDITION, "They will humanize Dr. Murray. They will let the jury see a side of Dr. Murray that they have not seen, where they can actually see that he's a good, caring, compassionate physician who saved the lives of some of these people."
Dr. Murray has remained stone-faced during the trial, but emotion finally overwhelmed him as he heard character witnesses called by his lawyer praise him as a healer.
Meanwhile, another defense witness gave us rare insight into Michael Jackson's last days. Concert promotor Randy Phillips testified that Jackson told him that once the This Is It tour was over, he dreamed of a quiet home life with his kids, Prince, Paris, and Blanket.
"He wanted to finally settle down and get a really, really good home for the kids and his family so they weren't, in his words, living like vagabonds," said Phillips.
HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell told INSIDE EDITION, "A rich man who was cash poor who left Neverland after a horribly traumatic trial where he was accused of child molestation. And although he was acquitted, he felt he couldn't live in Neverland. And then he goes off to the Middle East. And then he's in Ireland. He was living like a vagabond."
Phillips recalled how he walked Jackson to a waiting SUV so he could return to his Beverly Hills mansion for some much-needed sleep.
Phillips said, "He said, 'You got me here, now I'm ready. I can take it from here.' And he gave me this big hug and that was the last I saw him."