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good evening. storm center to keep you posted. this is look at what is it is like outside now. road crews are trying to keep on top of things. this is at pauls road road and river road. around articlelington, four, fi inches of snow on the ground pretty common. look at how it look tat nationa airport. you can get an idea of the wind pick iing up. that will continue through the nighttime hours. right now, still expecting 18 to 24 inches there. is a mixture now beginning to show up a bit on doppler. you folks down around
fredericksburg, drop me an e-mail a, let me know what's going on down there, but it does look like with the area that has some moisture, a little bit warmer if you will air to our south that a it may be some mixture there, but that's only going to be a brief period, you see these bands that will be coming up and over us. heavier precipitation around fredericksburg. that's what we'll see as we go through the nighttime hours. more and more of those. right now, the total accumulation, five to right now, eight, nine inches of snow out in stevens city. does look like the band of the heaviest snows will be right around washington and north, even some thunder snows tonight. we'll keep you posted throughout the evening. one hour about this major, on t late developments, but tonight we also want to take you on the journey that ended with michael jackson first meeting dr. murray. a side of the singer you were never supposed to see. also exclusive details on the life he lived and the day he died.
here's josh mankiewicz with the latest. >> reporter: he looks strong, confident ♪ >> reporter: maybe he was an aging superstar, but the concert film "this is it," now out on dvd, shows michael jackson still very much on top of his game. what you don't see is that when these picres were taken, jackson was already using a dangerous drug and had only days to live. how did this story morph into this one? >> he's unconscious, he's not breathing? >> yes, he's not breathing, sir. >> reporter: what killed michael jackson? who's responsible? and what role was played by his personal physician, dr. conrad murray? the doctor has been investigated for involuntary manslaughter and actually came to los angeles expecting to surrender to police this week as camera crews gathered to document that. but this is, after all, l.a., where the pictures matter as
much as the script. would murray walk into court or would police bring him there in handcuffs? this was one hollywood deal that didn't get done, at least not today. murray's attorneys couldn't come to agreement with prosecutors about lou that surrender would happ and just how public it would be. the latest chapter in the twisted odyssey of michael jackson, of how he lived and how he died and of the people he drew close to him along the way. "dateline" has traveled the world retracing michael jackson's footsteps to uncover the mysteries of the last years of his life, and uncovering evidence that may hold the key to his death. including a phone message left by dr. conrad murray that final morn of jackson's life, a message obtained exclusively by "dateline." it's significant not just for what dr. murray says, but the exact moment wn he says it. >> this is dr. murray.
hi, how are you? >> reporter: it could be a crucial piece of neevidence in e case against murray. but to understand how this doctor and patient became forever entwined, we have to go back in time. >> he felt like the world had kind of turned against him. and he wanted to escape. >> reporter: it was a time when michael jackson was a nomad simultaneously searching for a new home and for a fix that would give him even a couple of hours of peace. >> i really believe that michael jackson would have paid a million dollars for one good night's sleep. >> reporter: it began in june 2005. by day michael jackson was standing trial in a california courtroom accused of molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor. by nig, jackson would go home to neverland and see his three children, prince michael, paris and blanket. but he could not sleep.
>> he was having nightmares. >> reporter: j. randy taraborrelli has written what might be the definitive biography of the star. "michael jackson, the magic, the madness, the whole story." >> he would wake up screaming. he would be afraid to go to sleep because of the nightmares of being incarcerated. he had a huge fear of going to jail. >> took a tremendous amount out of him. i'm not sure he ever totally recovered from it. >> reporter: tom mesereau was jackson's defense attorney. during the trial, you were aware that what might happen if he was convicted? >> of course he was. he cldn't sleep. he had trouble eating. it took a terrible toll on him. >> reporter: to those who saw jackson's erratic behavior in court every day, it was clear something else was very wrong. you think he was on something? >> there's no doubt about it. as the days wore on and as the testimony continued, it became very clear to everybody that he
was on some serious medication. >> we love you. >> i love you more. michael jackson's life when neverland was not a place for nightmares. back in the '80s and '90s, it was where his fantasies came to life. where friendsoung and old could gather. by 2005, the stigma attached to neverland was undeniable. it had become a syol of michael jackson's worst crisis. the allegations of child molestation that had trailed him ever since he settled a claim by a boy in 1993. and now a 13-year-old boy was claiming jackson had molested him at neverland. jackson denied ever having molested a child. despite michael jackson's worst fears, he was acquitted of all the charges against him that sunny june day in 2005. he walked out a free man. the legal fight was over. but jackson's emotional battles didn't end.
>> after the verksd i saw him at neverland. he wasn't celebrating. he was just thanking god for surviving. >> reporter: and attorney mesereau had one key bit of legal and personal advice for his client. leave neverland. >> why should a guy not return to his home after he's been acquitted? >> i had seen for over a year how viciously the prosecutors and the sheriffs went after him. and they were so humiliated by the result, that i felt they would be gunning for him all the time. i felt he could never live in peace if he stayed at neverland. >> reporter: days after his acquittal, jackson saw his friend deepak chopra, who says jackson asked him for a prescription for the addictive pain killer oxycontin. chopra refused. >> when i probed into this, i found that he was getting medication from several sources, and from then on, we had an on/off relationship where he
avoided people that were trying to help him, including his own family. >> reporter: that ominous conversation was the last time chopra saw jackson. the very next day, michael jackson left his california castle for a new sort of fairy tale kingdom, on the other side of the globe. coming up -- s for the first time, tour the palace that was michael jackson's desert escape. but even hidden away, controversy would soon catch up with the superstar. >> he went into the ladies' bathroom and started to apply makeup.
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>> reporter: remember the time, the video michael jackson fans remember from 1992. a sort of egyptian version of "thriller," complete with cameos by eddie murphy, iman and magic johnson. 13 years later, jackson would begin his own real life adventure into the middle east. >> he wanted to go as far away as he could from what had occurred at neverland, and what farther place can you think of than bahrain? >> reporter: the kingdom of bahrain, a tiny island nation off the coast of saudi arabia. >> i like to call bahrain the little kingdom that can. >> reporter: j. adam ereli is the united states ambassador to
bahrain. >> it may be small, but it does things that nobody else does. and one of the most important things is it is a welcoming and tolerant society. in a region not known for being open and tolerant. >> reporter: and bahrain was tolerant enough to host the most eccentric of americans. as michael jackson began his self-imposed exile, as the guest of this man, sheikh abdullah khalifa, son of the king of bahrain. >> sheikh abdullah had a friendship wh jermaine jackson. >> reporter: claire hoffman has been reporting the michael jackson story for "rolling stone." >> he worked on music with sheikh abdullah who is this big pop music fan and who had musical aspirations himself. michael called sheikh abdullah and somehow, on that phone call, sheikh abdullah decided to pay jackson's remaining legal fees for the santa barbara case. >> reporter: and then, took him
in? >> took him in. >> reporter: so began the arabian nights of michael jackson. "dateline" was given exclusive access to this luxurious villa in bahrain where jackson stayed with his three children, all courtesy of his new benefactor, sheikh abdullah. >> in america, he was michael jackson, the star, the icon. here he was michael jackson, the person. >> reporter: ahmed al khan is a friend of sheikh abdullah. he also became one of jackson's closest confidants when the singer arrived in bahrain. this is his first television interview. >> he looked beaten. so we all being around him helped michael recover really quickly. they gave him space and they let him recoup. he gave him his rest, they gave him his privacy. >> reporter: he says jackson and sheikh abdullah developed a strong bond. >> he really looked at michael as brother. he really protected him. they shopped together, they joked together, they traveled
together. >> reporter: and they made music together. the sheikh agree to finance jackson's life in bahrain and jackson was expected to record some songs on the sheikh's new record label called two seas records. >> they signed a deal that by 2012 michael jackson would be productive. he would produce two albums. >> reporter: gerald posner is the chief investigative reporter for the website the daily beast. >> he would come up with a broadway type musical, and he would also write an autobiography. and all of this would be done under production company that prince abdullah would have. >> reporter: michael jackson seemed to be putting his life back together and on someone else's dime. enjoying a leisurely life with his three children. he may even have used this restful time in the desert to end his dependency on prescription drugs. >> everybody wanted a piece of him. and he felt safe and secure from the people. and then when he was among the
right people, he was himself. >> reporter: mohammed bin sulayem is an off road racing champion and entrepreneur as well as a close friend of sheikh abdullah. he says he never saw jackson with any drugs. >> i can only say what i experienced from all the time that i spent -- we spent together. i never seen him using a drug. >> reporter: at first jackson seemed to blend in fairly well in bahrain, a country where a lot of people cover their faces in public. wore an abaaya, the traditional muslim dress. but as the months went on, jackson apparently wore out his welcome when a few public appearances outside of bahrain generated that traditional michael jackson controversy. >> he went into the ladies' bathroom and started to apply makeup in a shopping center in dubai. and a woman, an arab woman who was there, took a picture of him. and he called over a security guard, they grabbed her, they
confiscated her camera. >> reporter: and jackson's friendship with sheikh abdullah began to fall apart as well. the sheikh was spending millions of dollars on his new friend, but jackson hadn't lived up to his end of the deal. no new albums to add to his catalog, no broadway musical, no autobiography. just a handful of songs that had never been released. >> sheikh abdullah i think was a good influence, a very good influence on michael. heas hoping for a lot of things. but i think michael, he was t strong enough to deliver. >> reporter: and so this relationship ended the way a lot of michael jackson's business affairs ended, with a lawsuit. the sheikh sued jackson for $7 million. these two former partners in song eventually settled for an disclosed amount. but the whole episode put jackson back on a plane again.
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>> reporter: michael jackson's friendship with sheikh abdullah of bahrain h gone south. so he and his family left the mideast and headed west, to the land of shamrocks, leprechauns and guinness. ireland. it was summer 2006, and jackson's nomadic existence had him house hunting or rather castle hunting on the emerald isle. but fir he paid a visit to an old friend. >> i felt that he was inspired here. >> reporter: it was a conclave of self-promotion royalty. michael flatley, the lord of the dance, hosted the self-proclaimed king of pop here
at flatley's estate castlehyde. these two both justly famous for their footwork, had met back in 1996 when they were each on tour in australia. >> i walked into his dressing room, and he said, how's the greatest dancer from the world? and naturally replied, i was going to ask you the same thing. >> reporter: when jackson arrived for his stay, flatley used a reliable irish custom to break the ice. >> so i grabbed him by the arm and brought him down to the bar. we have a little bar in the house here. and poured him a pint of guinness. at first he thought it was coffee, he'd never seen guinness before, i don't think. but halfway through, he was a new man. he had a great time. and we certainly laughed and had a lot of fun together. >> reporter: this is the first time michael flatley has spoken about jackson's time at castlehyde. he says the castle's surroundings and the irish countryside seemed to be a refuge for his friend. >> he could be himself completely somehow here away
from the world, away from prying eyes, i guess. >> reporter: but did the riverdancer and the moonwalker dance together? >> it was always a dream of mine to dance with michael jackson, but whatever happened here i'll take to the grave. >> reporter: although jackson seemed to enjoy his stay, flatley says he couldn't help noticing a certain sadness in his guest. >> i remember when he finally left castlehyde, there was a bit of a sadness in all of us. we all felt sad that he was leaving and there was an emptinesof some kind over over 18 months jackson would rent a number of estates throughout ireland, including this one. >> we've been open as a business as a private estate for exclusive hire for approximately five years. >>eporr: des mcgahan rented his estate to jackson later that summer. >> there's lots of very fine big country estates in ireland where i guess he was probably trying to find if next neverland or the
next home for his children. >> reporter: jackson was mostly housebound, staying in this africa-themed bedroom and spending time with his kids outside on the playground. mcgahan and his wife kept their distance, but did snap these photos. then one day jackson decided to venture out into town wearing a mask and pajamas. >> we couldn't understand why he walked downtown in pajamas. and that created a furor around the town. did you see michael jackson downtown in his pajamas? >> reporter: but michael jackson all in all was far more normal than they had expected him to be. >> we felt really very sorry for him. he was looking for a home. he really was trying to look for normality. >> reporte jackson was also looking for a creative spark for some new songs, trying to catch up to a music industry that had left him behind. >> pretty been being inspired by
the music and hearing other counters, you know, riffs, what i can inspire to. ♪ >> reporter: in october 2006, at a recording studio outside dublin, he held a session with will.i.am of the black eyed peas. "access hollywood" captured it on tape as the star played some tracks he had composed for jackson. >> i like the chorus. >> reporter: as it turns out, this was also one of michael jackson's last recorded interviews. >> music is very much like tapestry, you know. and it's just layers, but sometimes you can put too much. >> reporter: he said little in the interview itself, but in these outtakes, as he talks to the cameraman about his lighting, jackson hints at that insomnia that plagued him. >> yeah, the shadows. >> yeah. you like that?
>> i like that, but can you pump it more, like a little hotter? >> you mean warmer. >> brighter. >> brighter. take away the shadows. so i look like i slept. >> reporter: jackson still needed help overcoming his sleepless nights. and he apparently wasn't getting that help in ireland. after nearly a year and a half of living out of suitcases, jackson finally came home to the u.s., but he didn't come back to never land. instead he went to las vegas, where he would soon meet the man who could supply him with that good night's sleep. coming up -- michael jackson continues his search for a new neverland, and goes shopping for art and for something else. >> we had heard that he was definitely into doctor shopping while he was here. people with moderate to severe
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but all he could muster was a few bars of "we are the world." ♪ we are the world ♪ we are the children >> reporter: it was yet another bizarre performance by a man who once ruled the world of music. and it fed stories that jackson was in a downward spiral. he had been traveling theworld, from the deserts of the middle east to the greenery of ireland. one gets the feeling that he was sort of -- >> he was a vagabond. >> reporter: this nomadic celebrity without a country. >> if he wasn't michael jackson, he would just have been this guy, you know, bunking out on your -- in your guest room, this pest, who, you know, you can't get rid of. >> reporter: during that time, he was living far away from the excess of show business, but that christmas, jackson and his children came home to the u.s. the one-time jehovah's witness arrived in sin city, las vegas.
>> it might have been a safe place for him. >> reporter: zar zanganeh who was jackson's real estate agent. >> inside the casino, the paparazzi are shooed out. most of the places are guard gated. he had family in town. >> reporter: biography j. randy taraborrelli agreed that family probably played a role in getting jackson back home, specifically his mother katherine. >> i think he missed his mother and in one of the two talks i had with him, he told me he really missed his mom. >> reporter: michael jackson was back in las vegas, back to the city where he once enrtained audience s with his brothers ou on the strip. back to the city that was full of temptations that he was trying to avoid. drugs and the people who provide them. he continued to search for a new
neverland. it looked as if he might have found one. >> he gets obsessed with buying the sultan of brunei's home. >> reporter: jer old posner writes for the web si, the daily beast. >> that's going to replace neverland. he's obsessed. he can't come up with the money, the sultan doesn't want to sell to him. he can't finance it. >> reporter: by now jackson's financial situation was precarious. some estimates put his debt at $500 million. headn't released any new music in six years, but he continued to live in the same luxurious lifestyle of his "thriller" day, shopping for other opulent palaces that were beyond his means. >> out of the blue, he said, we're going to call this wonderland. we will seen probably a dozen homes. he knew right away, he was glowing, he was smiling. >> reporter: jackson had lived in las vegas before, but this time around, he was more of a phantom presence, popping up unexpectedly at local stores
where his unusual speed shopping sprees. claire hoffman of "rolling stone" magazine learned that michael jackson's shopping also extended online to ebay. >> he was a night owl if not an absolute total insomniac. and he would get on the computer at night. and he had multiple accounts. he would open accounts in the name of some of the staff. and he would use their addresses in order to just purchase a lot of stuff. >> reporter: but that wasn't the only shopping jackson was apparently doing. >> we heard that he was definitely doctor shopping while he was here. >> reporter: norm clark is a las vegas newspaper columnist. >> i've talked to two different doctors about how it worked. one of the doctors was called and said that michael jackson was not feeling well, could he treat him. and he went over and checked him out. and he couldn't find evidence of a cough of congestion.
and he figured out quite quickly that this was a ruse, they made their intentions known very quickly, that mr. jackson needed this drug, this drug, this drug, this drug. >> reporter: how many doctors did he have? >> i mean, dozens over the years. >> reporter: gotham chopra, jackson's friend of nearly 20 years. >> michael used his celebrity, and he would befriend doctors. i mean, knew how to get the stuff that he wanted. he was very smart. >> reporter: meaning if he wanted some particular kind of drug, he could get that too? >> yeah. he had all sorts of doctors all over beverly hills, frankly, like i said, that enabled him. >> reporter: but it was in las vegas that a new doctor first entered jackson's life. cardiologist conrad murray. the doctor that would be with him when he died. their relationship began with a phone call from a hotel suite where jackson was staying. >> one of his children got sick, i don't know which one. then a member of the security
team actually knew dr. murray from his vegas practice and recommended him. dr. murray treated jackson's trial who got better, and the two hit it off. >> reporter: murray had a large practice, with a clinic in houston where he regularly treated low income patients and an office in las vegas where his patients there describe him as a caring and talented doctor. >> i went to the emergency room. i must say that i felt extraordinarily blessed at that time to have dr. murray. >> reporter: bob russell, frank barbee and jack hammond were all patients of doctor murray, and all say he saved their lives. this is to all of you. dr. murray, skilled? >> yes. >> yes. >> very much. >> absolutely. >> reporter: caring? >> yes. >> very much. >> extraordinarily so. >> reporter: competent? >> we're here. >> reporter: but dr. conrad murray never before had a patient like michael jackson. early in 2009, murray suspended
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doing right now to sleep. i said, what are you talking about? he said he's taking an anesthetic. he's actually going under anesthesia. the word propofol wasn't used. >> reporter: since jackson's death, propofol has become the most famous anesthetic in america. >> it should not be administered at home. it should not be administered at home even by a doctor who's experienced. >> reporter: bruce goldberger is a professor of toxicology at the university of florida. >> it needs to be administered in a clinic or at a hospital where respiration can be supported and where one can be treated if there's an acute reaction to the drug. >> reporter: if you use propofol any place besides the hospital or surgical setting, what, you're rolling the dice? >> it's russian roulette, really. there's a good chance that eventually, you're going to lose. >> reporter: but jackson was abouto up the ante. even though he hadn't given a full concert in more than a decade, in march of last year,
jackson announced a comeback tour. 50 concerts in london. a schedule that might have exhausted a much younger performer. >> let's do it one more time. >> reporter: the rehearsal footage in the movie "this is it," shows just how tough it was going to be. to get up and sparkle on stage, jackson needed a doctor he could rely on. someone like dr. conrad murray. reporter gerald sner interviewed murray for the website, the daily beast. >> this situation with michael jackson fell into his lap. here was somebody that he knew, they had had a relationship with, that he calls a friendship, and that all of a sudden you have michael jackson come to you and say, you can be my tour doctor for the next year at a sum that we've all heard is $150,000 a month. >> reporter: for the cardiologist, it would mean suspending his practice for a once in a lifetime job.
and a financial windfall that would have come in handy because murray was stretched thin financially. one of murray's patients in las vegas, bob russell, says the doctor was thrilled with the new opportunity. >> he was so excited. i mean, it was just evident with his excitement and, you know, repeating, i'm going with michael. i'm heading off to europe. it was just like, you know, a kid ready to do a cartwheel. man, i'm heading up the mountaintop. >> reporter: and it wasn't long before russell says he noticed a change in the doctor he had trusted so completely. >> i think he just got enamored with the star, with the, wow, i don't know how to define that. >> reporter: michael jackson had what, taken your place. >> well, yeah, i can appreciate and understand that. >> reporter: dr. murray may have thght he was heading to the
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>> reporter: it was june 25th, 2009. michael jackson lay dead or dying in his l.a. mansion. >> did anybody see him? >> yes, we have a personal doctor here with him, sir. >> you have a doctor there? >> reporter: that doctor was conrad murray, the well regarded cardiologist from las vegas, who was now caring for just one patient. since that day in june, lapd detectives h s have been piecin together what happened, what dr. murray did and what he didn't do leading up to jackson's death and the doctor's actions in the minutes and hours after. though he rode in the ambulance with jackson, police say murray didn't share key information with the paramedics. that murray had given jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep.
at the hospital, police say murray didn't tell the e.r. doctors about propofol, and he also didn't mention it to the first detectives on the scene. suggesting to investigators that murray was aware he'd done something wrong. when murray finally sat down with detectives two days after jackson died, sources say he told them he had at first tried to talk jackson out of using propofol, but that the singer knew the risks of the drug and insisted on it anyway. according to police, murray says that by the day jackson died, he'd been giving jackson propofol nearly every night for six weeks but said he'd been trying to wean jackson off of it. according to court documents, murray laid out a timeline of what happened on that final day, describing a long night of giving drug after drug to one of the most famous entertainers ever, all just to help him get some sleep. that timeline begins with a dose
of valium also known as diazepam at 1:30 a.m., then at 2:00 a.m. he gave jackson an anxiety drug called lorazepam. but jackson was still awake. then midazolam, still nothing. then more of the anxiety drug. then at 7:30 a.m. more of the sedative. but jackson still wasn't sleeping. murray said his famous patient was specifically asking for propofol, some nine hours after jackson first wento bed at 10:40 a.m., dr. murray gave in and administered 25 milligrams of propofol, a fairly small dose, to jackson through an i.v. drip. but investigators say that dr. murray's story doesn't add up, that the l.a. county coroner's office found concentrations of propofol in jackson's blood that suggest that murray gave a lot more propofol to jackson than the doctor has admitted the. >> amount in the blood of michael jackson collected at
autopsy is a significant amount of propofol. >> reporter: "dateline" has learn the results of the coroner's tests for propofol in jackson's blood and shared them with toxicology professor bruce goldberger. >> it is the amount you would expect some someone under propofol anesthesia, someone who is unconscious with their respiratory function supported by mechanical means. >> reporter: suggesting that dr. murray's story to the police isn't supported by the scientific evidence? >> the toxicological evidence from the coroner's office does not support dr. murray's statements of drug administration that early morning of michael jackson's death. >> reporter: and that's not the only statement of murray's that's being called into question. investigators say murray told them that shortly after he gave jackson the propofol around 10:50 a.m., murray left jackson for about two minutes to go to the bathroom. when he returned, he saw that jackson wasn't breathing and began administering cpr.
but dr. murray's cell phone records tell a very different story according to the lapd. they show that during the time that murray said he was monitoring jackson, essential for someone under the influence of propofol, the doctor was on the phone, calling a friend, his medical office and his patient, bob russell. murray got russell's voice mail. we've obtained the message he left. >> this is dr. murray. hi, how are you? sorry i missed you. >> reporter: russell said, and "dateline" has confirmed, that the time stamp on that phone call is 11:54 a.m. that's about an hour after murray said he walked into jackson's room and started cpr. and about 25 minutes before the ambulance was called. so was murray wrong about the timeline? or was this message left at almost exactly the time dr. murray says he was trying to save michael jackson's life?
sources say murray didn't tell detectives about the phone calls. >> just wanted to talk to you about your results of the eecp. you did quite well on the study. >> reporter: he doesn't sound like a man who is dealing with a dying patient. he sounds subdued. >> yeah, he did sound subdued. >> i would love to continue to see you as a patient, even though i may have to be absent from my practice because of an overseas sabbatical. >> reporter: i would certainly argue that the voice of dr. murray on your voice mail is t calm and composed for someone who had already gone through what he says he went through when mr. jackson died. >> if anything, he was suffering from a lack of sleep. >> reporter: in all, according to court documents, murray was on his cell for 47 minutes. was he sitting there watching jackson the whole time?
or was he focused on the conversations he was having? was he even in the same room? murray's attorney disputes the timeline. calling it police theory. just how closely murray was paying attention to jackson could become an issue at trial. anesthesiologists are pretty much unanimous in saying that prop po follow should never be given outside a hospital or surgical setting because patients require close and constant monitoring. despite that, dr. murray admitted giving jackson propofol with almost no safeguards in place. jackson was hooked up, sources say, to a pulse oximeter but not to a heart or pulse monitor. there was also no defibrillator available to restart jackson's heart. police did find a disposable bag valve device like this one that could have been used to pump air into jackson's lungs at the scene. was it murray's or did it belong to paramedics? investigators can't say for
sure. and if there is a trial, murray could claim that the device was his. however, he didn't mention it in his lapd interview. since june, dr. murray hasn't said much, speaking for him, his attorney said the doctor never gave jackson anything that should have killed him. and in november, murray spoke at his houston church about what he'd been doing. >> i know what trouble is. >> reporter: today showed all of the signs of an o.j.-sized story with murray openly threatening to surrender their client at a police station even if charges were not filed. prosecutors did not respond. their trump card is this they can always have police arrest murray and drag him into court. negotiations continue about how and when murray might be taken into custody. prosecutors now say they're ready to file charges next week.
investigators asked roughly a dozen members of the california medical board to review the case. sources say all describe dr. murray's conduct as negligent, which could be a key part of any future prosecution.zéo >> i was in the wrong place at the wrong time. >> amen. >> i leave that to the lord. >> reporter: his more immediate problem is the jury he may face here in los angeles. his patients, who know dr. murray well, say they still trust him. can you conceive of dr. murray being involved in essentially negligent, reckless conduct that could cause someone's death? >> i can't. >> i can't, no not at all. >> i'm going to say that i don't want to believe it. >> reporter: it is hard to reconcile the doctor they describe as saving their lives with one who could take a life by giving a patient a potentially deadly drug without the proper safeguards in place.