Los Angeles, Calif. – The defense of Dr. Conrad Murray, the man accused of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson, claimed Tuesday the singer caused his own death by taking a number of different drugs on the day he died without the knowledge of his doctor.
Attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury during defense opening statements that Jackson ingested eight Lorazepam pills and later injected himself with propofol, which killed him instantly.
He said that Jackson had a serious “problem” that no amount of talent or money could fix. Chernoff claimed that to contemplate completing the ‘This Is It’ tour, he needed help and hired Murray to assist him.
Murray, he said, is a cardiologist who has saved the life of many a patient and was neither reckless nor greedy. As Chernoff spoke, Murray became emotional and began to tear up.
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He explained to the jury that Murray was told when hired by Jackson that the only way he could sleep was by using propofol – which the superstar nicknamed milk – and even instructed the doctor on how to administer it to him.
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Murray complied and consistently administered the powerful anesthetic to the King of Pop for two months without incident. Chernoff argued that Jackson died only when Murray stopped giving him the drug and tried to wean him off of it, urging him to try traditional sleep medication. Jackson allegedly agreed, according to the defense, and just three days before he died, Murray had only given the singer half his usual dosage.
On the day of Jackson’s death, Murray’s defense claims he gave the entertainer other sedatives, despite Jackson pleading the doctor for propofol. Murray later relented, according to Chernoff, and gave Jackson just 25 mg. of the drug – which he contends was not enough to kill him. He also said Murray kept an eye on Jackson by checking his vital signs, which were good.
By the time he left Jackson’s bedroom, the lawyer said, Jackson had no propofol left in his system, implying Jackson gave himself the fatal dose.
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