Detective testifies about Jackson doc's money woes
FILE - This March 5, 2009 file photo shows singer Michael Jackson announcing his concerts at the London O2 Arena. Jackson's words and music rang through a courtroom once again on Monday, April 29, 2013, this time at the start of wrongful death trial, as a lawyer tried to show jurors the pop singer's loving relationship with his mother and children. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A police detective who investigated Michael Jackson's doctor says he found massive evidence the physician was in dire financial straits, and he believed the doctor would do whatever necessary to get paid.
Detective Orlando Martinez told jurors hearing a negligence case filed by Jackson's mother that former cardiologist Conrad Murray was more than $500,000 in debt when Jackson died.
FILE - In this April 27, 2011 file photo, Katherine Jackson poses for a portrait in Calabasas, Calif. Opening statements are scheduled to begin Monday April 29, 2013, in Jackson’s lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live over her son Michael’s 2009 death. Katherine Jackson claims the company failed to properly investigate the doctor who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter for the singer’s death, but the company denies all wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Murray was expecting a $150,000 a month paycheck to serve as Jackson's tour doctor, but the singer died before the contract was finalized.
Jackson's mother is suing concert giant AEG Live, claiming it failed to properly investigate Murray or his finances.
Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter after Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.
AEG has denied wrongdoing.