Tempers Flare in Conrad Murray Trial
Tempers flared at Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial. Things got so tense the judge asked the jury to leave the courtroom so he could restore order.
The dramatic confrontation came as the defense's star witness, world-renowned anesthesiologist Dr. Paul White, clashed with prosecutor David Walgren.
"You keep throwing out these kind of rehearsed lines, I think," said Walgren.
Moments later, Walgren told Dr. White, "Be very closely attentive to my questions, okay? Please, Dr. White."
"I will try, thank you," replied White.
This was more than just courtroom fireworks. This witness could make or break the defense's case. The prosecution spent all weekend preparing to cross examine Dr. White so they could tear his testimony apart.
Their back-and-forth bickering continued over Dr. Murray's failure to inform paramedics that he'd given Michael Jackson the powerful anethestic Propofol on the day he died.
"Is that your testimony? That that again was a detail that was overlooked?" asked Walgren.
"Well, it was obviously overlooked. He didn't tell them," replied White.
"Well, not obviously. It could also be a lie, correct?" said Walgren.
Dr. White has testified that he believes Michael Jackson injected himself with Propofol. But he admitted that Murray never should have been administering the drug in the King of Pop's bedroom to help him sleep.
Walgren asked, "Have you ever administered Propofol in someone's bedroom?"
"No, I have not," replied White.
"Have you ever heard of anyone doing that prior to this case?" asked Walgren.
"No, I have not," said White.