Published Dec 30, 2010Defence lawyers for Conrad Murray, the doctor accused in the involuntary manslaughter of pop star Michael Jackson, will claim that the King of Pop's death was a suicide, according to prosecutors.
"I think it's clear they're operating under the theory that the victim in this case, Michael Jackson, killed himself," deputy district attorney David Walgren told a superior court judge in Los Angeles yesterday (December 29). "They don't want to say it. They're walking around it."
The L.A. Times reports that the preliminary hearing had Murray's lawyer J. Michael Flanagan hinting that he will be pointing to a second syringe that was found by the singer's bedside as part of his client's defence, telling the judge that someone other than Murray may have injected the dose of anesthetic propofol that claimed Jackson's life.
Back in August of 2009, it was reported that Jackson's death was being ruled as a homicide, which led to the charging of Murray, who was with the musician when he died on June 25.
Yesterday's court hearing found the defence requesting that the county's coroner's office test both of the syringes and an IV bag found at in Jackson's room at his Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles at the time of his death to determine the quantity of the drug in each instrument. One syringe was connected to the IV and was administered by Murray, while the second syringe was found on the floor. The second syringe also has an unidentified fingerprint on it.
"We all know which syringe the doctor used," Flanagan said.
Early statements from Murray had the doctor admitting to giving Jackson 25 milligrams of the powerful anesthetic, reportedly half of the singer's regular dose. Flanagan implied that Murray's dose alone could not have killed the King of Pop.
"The evidence is going to show later in the case that a very large dose of propofol is needed to get to the level in Michael Jackson's blood," the defence lawyer said.
It's believed Murray's defence will say that the second syringe was administered by Jackson himself, a scenario which could potentially exonerate the doctor's manslaughter charges.
A preliminary hearing to figure out whether or not Murray's case will go forward will be held next Tuesday (January 4).