Michael Jackson’s doctor unqualified to give propofol, expert testifies
May 7, 2013 7:24PM
Updated: May 7, 2013 7:36PM
LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s doctor was not qualified to treat the singer for insomnia or drug addiction and botched resuscitation efforts, an expert cardiologist testifying for the singer’s mother told a jury on Tuesday.
Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter said he reached his conclusion after reviewing the credentials of Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death.
Wohlgelernter testified during a lawsuit filed by Katherine Jackson claiming Murray was negligently hired by concert promoter AEG Live LLC to care for the pop star.
Wohlgelernter said Murray had no formal training on how to treat Jackson’s prescription drug addiction problems, and the former cardiologist was not qualified to administer propofol, the powerful anesthetic that killed Jackson. The singer was using the drug as a sleep aid.
Wohlgelernter also told the jury that Murray improperly focused on Jackson’s heart when the singer stopped breathing after receiving propofol and other drugs on June 25, 2009.
Jackson’s mother claims AEG failed to properly investigate Murray or his finances. AEG says it was Michael Jackson who wanted Murray to work as his doctor.