The well-spoken staffer who called 911 from Michael Jackson's rented mansion the day he died has been identified.
The caller was Jackson's bodyguard Alberto "Tippy" Alverez. Alverez's voice can be heard on the 911 tape pleading for emergency medical assistance for his stricken boss: “We have a gentleman here who needs help, he’s not breathing, we’re trying to pump him but he’s not breathing,” said Alverez.
According to RadarOnline.com, Alverez's wife Anna spoke with the media outside her home yesterday. She said her husband was "distraught" and in hiding. "My husband is very upset and he needs some time. He won't be home for a while," Anna said.
L.A. police have already interviewed Alverez as part of their ongoing investigation into Jackson's untimely death.
Meanwhile, questions abound over the L.A. police department's investigation tactics. Why didn't the police seal the scene? Why were movers allowed to disturb the scene and remove property from Jackson's house the day after his death?
There were reports that police confiscated bags of medications from Jackson's home on June 25, the day Jackson died of a cardiac arrest, but those reports have not been confirmed. What we do know is there was a delay of at least four days before police arrived back at the residence with search warrants for prescription medications and other evidence.
"If I was the chief detective on the case, I would have said, 'We don't know what's going on. We should seal the scene,'" said defense attorney Harland Braun, who has represented celebrities including Robert Blake, Roseanne and Gary Busey. "You always have to think of the worst-case scenario and you have to think fast. I would have sealed the scene just because it was Michael Jackson." [link]
According to the AJC, Jean Rosenbluth, a University of Southern California law professor, said investigators might be looking into whether drugs came from out of state. Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, had offices in Houston and Las Vegas. He had a license to practice medicine in Texas, Nevada and California.
Rosenbluth said the police failure to seal the scene will work against them if charges are brought against a doctor for over prescribing medications for Jackson.
"If you can get even one juror think, I don't know, maybe somebody fiddled with the medicine before the police came in and collected it, that's reasonable doubt," she said. "All that the defense attorney needs is one juror."