LOS ANGELES -- One of Michael Jackson's bodyguards had barely stepped into the singer's bedroom when he heard a scream:
"Daddy!" Jackson's young daughter cried.
The singer lay motionless in his bed, eyes slightly open. His personal doctor, Conrad Murray, was trying to revive him when he saw that Jackson's eldest children were watching.
"Don't let them see their dad like this," Murray said, the first of many orders that bodyguard Alberto Alvarez testified yesterday he heeded in the moments before paramedics arrived at Jackson's home in June 2009.
What happened next, after Alvarez said he ushered the eldest son, Prince, and daughter, Paris, out of the room, is a key piece of prosecutors' involuntary manslaughter case against Murray.
According to Alvarez, Murray scooped up vials of medicine from Jackson's nightstand and told the bodyguard to put them away. "He said, 'Here, put these in a bag,' " Alvarez said.
Alvarez complied. He also put an IV bag in another bag.
On the third day of the trial, prosecutors tried to show that Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, delayed calling authorities and that he was intent on concealing signs he had been giving the singer doses of the surgical anesthetic propofol.
Prosecutors claim Murray repeatedly lied to emergency personnel and did not tell them he had been giving Jackson doses of the drug as a sleep aid.
If convicted, Murray, 58, could face up to 4 years in prison and lose his medical license.
Alvarez's recollection of events was challenged by defense attorney Ed Chernoff, who asked him whether collecting the vials happened after paramedics had whisked Jackson to a nearby hospital. He denied it happened after he called 911.
The burly Alvarez became emotional as the 911 call was played for jurors. Jackson's mother, Katherine, appeared distraught, and her son, Randy, put his arm around her.
Alvarez said he performed chest compressions on Jackson while Murray gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
" 'I have to,' " Alvarez recalled Murray telling him, " 'because he's my friend.' " Alvarez recalled seeing Murray at the hospital and sitting next to the emergency room.
" 'I wanted him to make it,' " Alvarez quoted Murray as saying. " 'I wanted him to make it.' "