By Josh Rottenberg
Updated August 03, 2020 at 12:08 PM EDT
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At the preliminary hearing centered on charges of involuntary manslaughter against Dr. Conrad Murray in the death of Michael Jackson, a former bodyguard for the pop singer testified on Wednesday that Murray had ordered him to put a handful of vials and an intravenous bag in canvas sacks before 911 was called. The Associated Press reports Alberto Alvarez, who was the first security to reach Jackson’s bedroom, said that Murray placed several vials in a plastic bag and then asked him to put them in a sack. The testimony could help corroborate prosecutors’ arguments that Murray had shown “an extreme deviation from the standard of care” in administering the powerful sedative Propofol to the singer, had tried to conceal his negligence, and had botched efforts to revive the singer by waiting an inordinately long time to call paramedics.

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