Los Angeles, Calif. – On Thursday, the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray wrapped up for the week with the testimony of a professor of anesthesiology who established the dosing guidelines for the powerful anesthetic propofol.
Prior to his testimony, Dr. Nader Kamangar, who had begun his testimony the day before told the jury under cross-examination by defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan that he believes Murray is “absolutely” responsible for the death of Michael Jackson.
When questioned by the prosecution under re-direct, Kamangar said that a physician must know “when to say no” when it comes to a patient’s desire for certain medications.
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“No matter how much the patient may complain, no matter how much the patient may beg, you as the doctor should say no?” asked Los Angeles County Dep. Dist. Atty. David Walgren.
“That’s correct,” answered the doctor.
Kamangar then agreed with Walgren that Murray’s actions were grossly negligent and caused the death of Jackson.
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Dr. Steven Shafer, a Columbia University professor of anesthesiology who conducted extensive research on propofol in the 1990s and established dosing guidelines, told the jury that physicians must be extremely careful when using the powerful drug.
According to Shafer, if a dose of propofol is “off by just a little,” a patient could take hours as opposed to minutes to awaken from sedation.
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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 took the dose of propofol that killed him when Murray was not in the King of Pop’s presence.
On Friday it was revealed that Jackson’s trial may be delayed due to a death in the family of Dr. Shafer, who was to resume his testimony Monday.
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