Michael Jackson's Bodyguard: Dr. Murray Hid Drug Vials

Prosecutors claim doctor never told paramedics about lethal sedative

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren holds a bottle of Propofol as he questions security guard, Alberto Alvarez in the Dr. Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court Credit: Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images

Michael Jackson's bodyguard Alberto Alvarez testified yesterday that Dr. Conrad Murray, the doctor on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the pop icon's death, had instructed him to collect vials of drugs before paramedics arrived at the singer's home on the day he died in June 2009.

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According to Alvarez, Murray removed all of the medicine from Jackson's nightstand and had him take it away in a bag before calling 911. Alvarez says he had assumed that Murray intended to take the items to the hospital along with Jackson's body. Prosecutors claim that Murray never took the drugs to the hospital, and that he did not mention to medical personnel that he had been giving the singer doses of the sedative Propofol as a sleep aid. Medical tests show that Jackson died from an overdose of that anesthetic.