A cardiologist testified Tuesday that
Dr. Daniel Wohlgelernter, who has taught at Yale and UCLA and practices in Santa Monica, said that Dr.
Jackson died after Murray administered a fatal dose of
The testimony comes in the second week of a wrongful death trial in which Jackson's mother and his three children are suing concert promoter AEG. The family contends AEG hired and supervised Murray.
Wohlgelernter said Murray did not have the appropriate training to serve as Jackson's physician for the
Instead of a cardiologist like Murray, the expert witness said that Jackson needed a doctor who was trained in addiction medicine,
Since Jackson had no evidence of
Wohlgelernter called Murray's treating of Jackson "a mismatch. It's not what he needs."
Wohlgelernter said Jackson "was not fit and competent in so far as he administered medications he was not trained and credentialed to administer and administered them in a whole unsatisfactory environment."
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson the anesthetic propofol at the singer's Holmby Hills mansion to treat the singer's
Wohlgelernter testified that propofol should be given only in a hospital setting and administered by an anesthesiologist because there is a risk the patient can stop breathing.
Cardiologists, like Murray, "are not competent to administer propofol," he said.
Jackson's family contends Murray was in a deep financial hole and would do nearly anything to ensure he would receive his $150,000 a month salary for treating Jackson.
AEG says that Jackson chose Murray as his doctor and payments the company was supposed to make to him were an advance to the singer.