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Dr. Murray's Defense - Jackson Killed Himself

4/5/2010 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Dr. Conrad Murray's legal defense is that Michael Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of Propofol.

Multiple sources familiar with the strategy tell TMZ the defense argument goes like this:

- At around 10:50 AM, Dr. Murray gave Jackson 25 mg of Propofol from a 20 ml bottle -- that's only about 1/8 of the bottle.

- The dose Dr. Murray administered would keep someone asleep for only 5 to 10 minutes, but the Propofol, along with the Ativan and Versed that was already in MJ's system, had a synergistic effect that put Jackson to sleep for a longer period of time.

- For the next hour, Dr. Murray stayed in the room and was on the phone for much of the time. Dr. Murray didn't leave the room to make the calls because MJ liked activity in the room, regularly sleeping with the lights on and cartoons blaring on the TV.

- At around noon, Dr. Murray left the room for approximately two minutes to go to the bathroom. While he was gone, the defense believes Jackson suddenly awakened and was frustrated he had spent nearly 9 hours trying in vain to sleep. The defense theory -- Jackson took the 20 ml bottle of Propofol and self-injected the remaining contents through the IV, causing a massive overdose that stopped his heart.

- Dr. Murray walked back in the room and saw Jackson with his eyes open and pupils dilated. Dr. Murray dropped the phone (he was speaking with his girlfriend) and began administering CPR.

The defense will argue Michael Jackson was a long-time Propofol addict -- something TMZ first reported shortly after the singer's death. As one source said, Jackson liked the sensation of Propofol being administered by IV, adding, "Michael liked to push it."

L.A. County Coroner's investigators took a picture in the room, showing an empty Propofol bottle on the floor, underneath the nightstand by Jackson's bed. The defense will argue Jackson grabbed the bottle from the nightstand, injected himself and then dropped the bottle.

Remember, law enforcement believes Dr. Murray hid bottles of Propofol before paramedics arrived. The defense will argue ... if Dr. Murray was really hiding Propofol, he would have removed the empty bottle under the nightstand that caused Jackson's death.

Ed Chernoff, Murray's attorney, could not be reached for comment.



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anon    

FIRST!!!

1643 days ago
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sarah allison    

If Michael awoke from a sleep enduced by 'Propofol, along with the Ativan and Versed' he would be confused and groggy, there is NO WAY he would have the co-ordination and ability to 'self-administer' medication via IV in the space of 'two minutes'!!
Murray has to be found guilty of negligence and manslaughter.

1643 days ago
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Bryan    

WOW, that is all I can say about this.

1643 days ago
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moveover    

Whether Murray gave it to him, or he injected himself, Michael Jackson is still responsible for his own death. No one MADE Jackson take all these drugs. He never told Murray to leave his house and never come back. He was a grown man and when you play with fire, sometimes you get burned. A junkie's a junkie. The theory is VERY plausible.

1643 days ago
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Gladhe8her    

KOOKY AND BALLS ARE THE SAME PERSON......ONE JOBLESS LOSER THAT NEEDS TO GET A LIFE AND STAY OFF THE COUCH

1643 days ago
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Maelini    

This is complete BS. I've been under Propofol before. You are out in under 10 seconds. There is no possible way you could adjust the drip. Period. Murray is a lying coward. He dug his own hole,He needs to lay in the mess he created now. Like I said before,What kind of doctor not only does CPR on a bed,but leaves that person to make phone calls to his little mistresses to hide the extra propofol. The man is Guilty.

1643 days ago
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Candace J.    

wow, is right!!! I just dont understand how someone can eject them self with more of a drug like that, being diabetic i just dont understand. needles hurt plan as that!!! but i guess being hooked up to an iv would be better, i guess but i dont!!! I stll cant believe Micheal is gone!!! :-)

1643 days ago
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Diana    

It's all BS. Don't believe everything you read. The truth is going to come out...SOON.

Soon and very soon we are going to see the King.

1643 days ago
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Gone too soon    

Suicide did occur to me from day one. MJ knew he would not be able to do the shows, he just wanted out of it. That would also explain that MJ had his eyes open, something that even Alvarez testified on.

However, the scenario seems strange. The Autopsy stated that selfinjection was highly unlikely and for Michael "happening" to wake up and administering Propofol to himself during the few minutes Murray was out does seem like a very strange "coincidence".

1643 days ago
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Diana    

This is all a HOAX! Seriously. Read between the lines. MJ is renewing his career. He's alive. Do a little research and you'll see what I mean. He's coming back.

1643 days ago
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Candace J.    

:-( shall i say!!! im in shock still!! :-(

1643 days ago
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Maelini    

@moveover Even if Michael was a Junkie. Murray took an oath when he became a doctor to do no harm. If a doc suspects that a person is a junkie,they have to deny the drug.ESPECIALLY one he knew that he wasnt supposed to give outside a hospital setting. It doesn't matter if MJ plead and begged for the Propofol,Murray lawfully should have said no. He knew he was doing wrong..And he did it anyway.

1643 days ago
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Diana    

He would've been too out of it too inject himself. It's all FAKE.

1643 days ago
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Diana    

Conrady Murray was a hired hitman.

1643 days ago
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Diana    

You'll be in even more shock in the days to come. The news this coming week is gonna blow your mind.

1643 days ago
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