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UPDATE: 2:30 p.m.: Jackson security guard Faheem Muhammad took the stand to testify about the scene at the house when his boss was found unconscious. Murray asked if anyone knew CPR and called upon Jackson's bodyguard, Alberto Alvarez, to assist him in life-saving efforts. Before their nanny came to usher them away from the room, Jackson's daughter Paris was "balled up crying" on the floor, while his son Prince Michael was also crying.
UPDATE: 11:55 a.m.: On cross-examination, Williams defended why, after speaking with Murray, he did not take it upon himself to call the paramedics immediately. "When I hear somebody had 'a bad reaction,' I don't think fatal. And I wasn't asked to call 911." Today's proceedings have recessed until 1:30 p.m.
UPDATE 11:10 a.m.: Jackson's former personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, took the stand, and a video was soon played of a voicemail message left on his iPhone by Murray. The message, left on June 25, 2009 at 12:13 p.m., was played for everyone in the courtroom: "Call me right away, call me right away." When he phoned Murray back, he was informed by the doctor that Jackson had "a bad reaction" to something, and asked that he "get somebody here immediately."
UPDATE 10:05 a.m.: Attorney Kathy Jorrie, the lawyer hired by AEG to draft Murray's contract—which was ultimately never signed—said that he originally requested a CPR machine. When pressed as to why, he cited Michael's age and condition and said he didn't want to take any chances. Jorrie also testified that she spoke with Michael on June 24, 2009, just one day before his death and that he seemed to be in "perfect health." Court has recessed for a 15-minute morning break.
UPDATE 9:15 a.m.: AEG executive Paul Gongaware returned to the stand and testified that Murray originally requested $5 million to sign on as Michael's doctor. The company determined that figure was too high, but as it was Michael's request that Murray treat him, they offered him $150,000 per month, which Murray accepted.
If the first day of the Conrad Murray involuntary manslaughter trial brought us a shocking photograph of Michael Jackson's dead body, a beyond-the-grave recording and an early breakout star from this media circus, just imagine what day two will bring!
It's very early days in what's expected to be a five-week trial, but the gang's all due back in court this morning at 8:45 a.m. sharp—and E! Online will be streaming the proceedings live from the courthouse all day—when testimony from Paul Gongaware, an executive from would-be This Is It tour promoter AEG, is expected to resume. He'll later be followed on the stand by one of Michael's bodyguards and a personal assistant.
In addition to Murray, of course, the Jackson family is once again expected to be rally together (and in La Toya's case, tweet up a storm) in the courtroom in support of their late brother. They all also happen to be on the list of prospective witnesses for the case. So tune in and don't miss a minute of the action.
(Originally published on Sept. 28, 2011 at 8:35 a.m. PT)