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Conrad Murray chatted on the phone with his girlfriend as he accompanied Jackson to hospital

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May 01, 2013 | 7:09pm EDT

A Los Angeles homicide detective took jurors in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial back to the day the King of Pop died in court on Wednesday (01May13) and recalled the suspicions he had over the late star's physician, Conrad Murray. Det. Orlando Martinez told the jury Murray, who is currently serving time behind bars after being convicted of administering the dose of anaesthetic that killed his former client, spent over two minutes chatting on the phone with his girlfriend on the ambulance trip from Jackson's rented home in Holmby Hills to the hospital. He stopped short of going into detail about what the doctor was talking about when the jurors were dismissed early so one member could attend a funeral. The detective also told the court that he believes Murray was prone to "break the rules" and "do whatever he needed to get paid" after investigating the medic's finances and realising he had many money problems. Jackson's mother Katherine has accused promoters at AEG Live of hiring the doctor to make sure her son was well enough to perform onstage as they made plans for a 50-date comeback residency in London in 2009. The King of Pop died just days before he was due to fly to England for the This Is It concerts.

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