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Medic: Doc grabbed painkillers in Jackson bedroom

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By Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A paramedic testified Thursday that he saw the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson grab three bottles of painkillers and place the vials in a bag during futile efforts to revive the pop star at his mansion.

Paramedic Martin Blount said he was surprised to see the bottles because defendant Dr. Conrad Murray had told paramedics he hadn't given Jackson any drugs.

"I saw three small bottles of lidocaine," Blount testified. "He scooped them off the floor and put them into a black bag."

Murray also produced a hypodermic needle at one point and wanted to use it on the singer, but Blount and other paramedics refused, according to the testimony.

Blount described Murray as frantic and sweating profusely at the time.

The paramedic was the seventh witness called at a preliminary hearing after which a judge will decide if there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter.

Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in the bedroom of his rented mansion before he died on June 25, 2009.


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