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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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136.

Isis    

Oh Geez, MORE DRAMARAMARAMA: TMZ stop smacking your lips this LOUD!!!

1571 days ago
137.

SAW    

Murray is guilty as hell!!! As a licenced physician, he should have never been administering propofol and other 'agents' to Michael outside a hospital setting. His actions were unethical and illegal! And to top it all off, he's lying big time to take some of the pressure off him. He can't turn the clock back but at least he can be brutally honest about the events leading up to the day in question. Admit you're wrong, you made a very grave mistake and that greed drove you to such actions, Dr. Murray!

1571 days ago
138.

Anna    

BUT, THIS IS ONLY A THEORY.. Where is the truth, here????
where is the truth???? How can they prove he was an addict to propofol????
but..IT'S MURRAY FAULT!!! He was the doctor, he was the one who Bought propofol, he was who let Michael be treated with this drug... HE IS THE DOCTOR WHO must make decisions about appropiated treatment to the illnees,, and choose propofol to heal insomnia WAS NOT A GOOD choice!!!! IF HE followed MICHAEL'S ORDERS,, then why do we need a doctor if the patient can decide which drugs are better for himself... He was the doctor, HE Must follow HIS Knowledge about medicine rather than follow patient's orders. IT'S THE DOCTOR who says what must be done and not the patient.... he knew that propofol was not the correct treatment but he accepted to do it because HE needed the money he was going to earn each month!!!! HE forget medical rules and he only focused on money.... HE should have said NO ..AND iF michael gets ungry, it had been his problem... ALL doctors should have said No and made him understand that taking propofol WAS NOT RIGHT in any aspect!!! BUT COnrady Murray said yes.. and now it's his turn, HE HAS TO BE PUNISHED!!!!!! and many other things that HE DID WRONG ( use propfol at home without having the patient controlled, use it to heal insomnia, not call 911 immediatly right after he saw michael no breahting, leave the hospital when his patient died, etc, etc, etc) COME ON... HE IS NOT A DOCTOR!!!!

1571 days ago
139.

suzy    

if he realy loved his kids so much drugs woudnt have been his priority and a choise for life
he did it to himself no matter if someone else administrated it to him or not
it was his wish to get drugged
feel so sorry so many people still cant get over it theit idol was a HARD CORE JUNKIE

1571 days ago
140.

LisaK    

Well in away MJ did kill himself. MJ knew what Murray was giving him and MJ allowed Murray to inject it into him. MJ is not innocent in his own death. MJ diffently played a role in it. There is no way around it. MJ knew what was going and allowed Murray to inject that drug into him. MJ wanted Murray to do it. Now I am not sure if it all played out like Murray says but MJ diffently knew what he was doing was dangerous and had done it before. MJ was a drug addict. He was addicted and would have found another doctor to it if Murray had said no. But Murray should have still said no.

1571 days ago
141.

Claire    

I was just telling my dad about this, that Murry is now blaming Michael. I started asking him how he could be charged and all the things the great fans are doing to get justice and he said to me: But the sad thing is no matter what happens it wont bring him back.

1571 days ago
142.

rickyrickrick    

this doc is full of it.

1571 days ago
143.

yup    

I'm sure Dr. Murray believes in the Easter Bunny as well.

1571 days ago
144.

MJ\'s Fan    

I think this is a big lie.

Murray a murderer..

Murray should be arrest.

1571 days ago
145.

Thunder Thighs    

B.S!!!!!!!..C/M IS A LIAR & A MURDERER!!!..C'MON HE SET THE PLACE UP TO 'LOOK' LIKE SUICIDE TO SAVE HIS ASS!!!C/M THE CLOCK IS TICKIN SCUMBAG!!!...JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL!!..IF THERE WAS 'ANY' JUSTICE IN THE WORLD..THERE 'WOULD' BE JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL!!..DONT WORRY MICHAEL JUST COZ I SEE IT IN AMAGAZINE OR SEE IT ON A TV SCREEN..I DONT THINK IT FACTUAL...ACTUAL!!! ;)MICHAEL.. L.O.V.E YOU ALWAYS & FOREVER PRECIOUS BABYY..WHATEVER HAPPENS..I WONT LET GO OF YOUR HANDSXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

1571 days ago
146.

PLEASE    

I told everyone this is the way it happened. I even asked Harvey on TMZ live many times if he thought MJ gave it to him self when the doctor wasn't looking because he was addicted to it and drug addicts would do that and then OD'd. I asked many times if this was possssibe on TMZ live and in stories like this on here. Harvey said noDr Murray did it.

1571 days ago
147.

MJ-UNBREAKABLE    

@Grovnik: I am so much with your thoughts. I always think about his wonderful children. They ever had and will ever have a hard life - if not in because of rumours and lies about their father and how to deal with it then about the insecurity about what happened to him. This hurts so much ... so much.

L.O.V.E. for Prince, Paris and Blanket

www.mj-unbreakable.com

1571 days ago
148.

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1571 days ago
149.

HumanNature    

Come on Dr Death!!

STOP WITH THIS TOTAL BS!!!!

WHERE'S MJ's "FINGERPRINTS" on the BOTTLE????????

TELL THE FREAKIN TRUTH AND EXPOSE ALL THAT CONSPIRE, PLAN AND HELP YOU TO KILL MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON!!!!!

DON'T BE THE STUPID FALL GUY CAUSE THERE IS NO HONOR AMONG MURDERERS, THIEVES, AND LIARS!!!!!!

YOU WILL NOT COLLECT THAT $$$$$$$$ THEY PROMISE YOU!!!!

CONFESS YOUR SIN AND CLEAR YOUR CONSCIOUS ON MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2010!!!!

JUSTICE FOR "THE KING OF MUSIC"

1571 days ago
150.

AJ    

Dr death needs to STFU, & wait for the trial. Most importantly its about time he showed some respect to MJ's children, has he forgotten he robbed them of their father.
If MJ did do what this selfish man says, then why did he wait so long before calling the paramedics???!!!! And why did he leave bottles of propofol lying around in easy reach of MJ??? Besides no matter how much pressure MJ was under with the tour etc he would NEVER of left his precious children. Dr Death is one major BS merchant.

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