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.
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.
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