Los Angeles, Calif. – Dr. Steven Shafer, the prosecution’s last witness at Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial, testified on Monday that Michael Jackson was given unprecedented amounts of the powerful anesthetic propofol every night for two months, according to a statement made to police by Murray.
The Columbia University professor and propofol expert told the jury during cross-examination that it is hard to tell exactly what effect the drug had on the King of Pop because he had been given such a large amount of propofol in the months before he died.
Dr. Murray, 58, who was hired to care for Jackson during his concert tour, ‘This Is It,’ is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol to the singer on June 25, 2009. Murray’s defense attorneys claim that although he may have given the singer the drug, it was not enough to kill him. In addition, they allege Jackson somehow took the dose of propofol that killed him out of Murray’s presence.
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Defense attorney Edward Chernoff noted that Jackson’s risk of respiratory issues should have been quite low a few minutes after the drug was given to him.
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Shafer said, however, that “In Mr. Jackson’s case, it’s harder to have that certainty… There’s very little, almost no precedent for this level of propofol exposure.”
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According to Shafer, the superstar’s death likely occurred because Murray placed propofol in an IV drip he administered to Jackson and then left him unattended.
After Shafer’s testimony, the prosecution rested and Murray’s defense began its case.
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