UPDATE 9:40 a.m.: Alvarez said that he entered Jackson's bedroom and saw Conrad giving chest compressions to Michael, who was laying in bed on his back, with his arms extended out, palms up, and with his eyes and mouth opened. By this point, Michael's daughter and son had appeared in the entryway.
"I heard Paris scream out, 'Daddy!'...Dr. Conrad Murray said, 'Don't let them see their dad like this, don't let them see their dad like this.' I kind of ushered them out, I said, 'Kids, don't worry, we'll take care of it, everything is going to be OK'...Conrad said, 'He had a reaction, he had a bad reaction.'"
He then stated that he never thought twice about the direction he was getting from Murray: "In my personal experience, I believed Dr. Murray had the best intentions for Mr. Jackson. I didn't question his authority."
UPDATE 9:25 a.m.: Alvarez took the stand and after a rundown of his duties at Jackson's home, began to talk about his experience the morning of June 25, 2009. He received a phone call from Michael's assistant Michael Amir Williams to enter the home, and said that when he came across Murray, the doctor hurriedly told him, "Come, come quick."
Will the third day prove the charm for Conrad Murray's defense? Time will tell, but they've certainly got an uphill battle ahead of them today, more than any other day of his involuntary manslaughter trial so far.
That's because on the list of witnesses set to take the stand today is Alberto Alvarez, the first bodyguard to reach Michael Jackson's bedroom—and thus see his already lifeless body and all the paraphernalia-turned-evidence that surrounded it—after Murray first called for help.
So what can we expect when he testifies today? Well, if it's anything like when he took the stand in a pretrial hearing, fireworks. His testimony, which is expected to include details about Murray asking him to hide vials and an IV bag before calling 911, is key to the prosecutors' case that Murray delayed phoning paramedics and knowingly hid or covered up evidence.
The drama resumes at the courthouse at 8:45 a.m., and to make sure you don't miss a minute of the action, E! Online will be livestreaming the proceedings all day long.
(Originally published on Sept. 29, 2011 at 8:40 a.m. PT)
—Additional reporting by Ken Baker and Baker Machado