Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray, facing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death case, will claim the singer actually killed himself, a prosecutor was heard saying yesterday.
"I do think it's clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself," CBS News quoted Deputy District Attorney David Walgren as saying.
AdvertisementThe statement was a result of a clash between Murray and the prosecutor over who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson's bedroom.
The issue of residue in the syringes is unlikely to be brought up in the Jan. 4 hearing, attorneys said.
Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of what was later found to be acute Propofol intoxication, with other sedatives. But Flanagan told Judge Michael Pastor that a huge amount of the anesthetic Propofol would have had to be present in Jackson's body to kill him.
He noted that Murray said he gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug along with small amounts of benzodiazopines - sedative drugs - to help him sleep.
There have been suggestions that when Murray left the room for some time, Jackson, possibly desperate for sleep, could have injected himself with more of the Propofol.
Flanagan said a broken syringe was found on the bedroom floor in addition to a syringe in an intravenous medication bag. He said a fingerprint found on the broken syringe hasn't been identified.