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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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151.

Pauline    

Ok, you wanna know my thoughts ???
They're trying to oblige people to think more and more about this story... For those who haven't followed it much since the beginning... they're preparing the world for the big BAM !
Murray always changes his versions of what happend this day of june 25th, because people don't pay enough attention.
He didn't kill Michael ! because Michael is alive, trying to spread an important message (remember Prince at the Grammys : his message is simple : LOVE) !
The truth will prevail. It's just a matter of time. And it just depends on all the people around the world. Michael will expose the truth as soon as enough people will get his message ! Think about it... I believe in a better world thanks to Michael, and together we can make that change. that's what he's asking us to do ! Take a look at yourselves and make that change... LOVE, BELIEVE, spread his message, don't believe everything you hear or read (just because it's printed, it doesn't mean it's gospel), and be careful not to let you be corrupted by bad people...
Help Michael in his mission... Make the world a better place, for you, for me, for all the people and animals living on earth, and for all the future generations...

1580 days ago
152.

ralph    



Yeah the usual prescription for the type of insomnia MJ describes is to turn off the cartoons.

1580 days ago
153.

PLEASE    

He was a addicted to meds. I TOLD HARVEY that I thought MJ gave it to himself. I asked if it was possible and if they took finger prints off the bottles and needles. MJ had access to it. I asked Harvey was it possible MJ gave him self more and to much of it by accident or on purpose while the doctor was out of the room. I had these questions on many TMZ MJ stories and TMZ live, go see for your self. Now it is their defense. This is what I thought happened.

1580 days ago
154.

MiMi    



Grasping at straws is right!

I thought that there was no propofol found in the IV bag? If so, there is no way that MJ could have administered that large of an amount intramuscularly.

He would have been unconscious before the syringe was even empty.

1580 days ago
155.

Sandra -If it comes in pink    

He's dead, so I'm not gonna speculate about how much he had to do with it, but I don't think the doctor is a murderer at least.

http://if-it-comes-in-pink.blogspot.com/

1580 days ago
156.

hoocheekoo    

Are there any records anywhere to sustantiate a person giving themselves propofol? Particularly after they're already under the influence. How quickly would death take place if, indeed, he did inject himself? Under two minutes? Remember...Murray was on the phone with his girlfriend when he dropped the phone. How long was that phone call? Did he call her up just after the two minute bathroom 'break'? Why would Murray give Michael the low dosage he did if experts say it's only enough for a few minutes' sleep? How old was the bottle of propofol under the night stand? Or any liquid residue inside it? Where was Murray's monitoring equipment? Why did he stop CPR to gather up the bottles? Why did he not tell paramedics about the propofol if he really wanted to save Michael's life? Is it standard practice to EVER leave a patient without oversight who is under the influence of propofol?

Why did Murray LIE to the Nevada medical board about his child support issues?

My hunch is his lawyer is trying to create 'a shadow of doubt'. Guess we can rule out a plea bargain. This case looks like it's going to trial.

1580 days ago
158.

tc    

...I think Conrad Murray is the one who is on somehting!!!

1580 days ago
159.

camyzu    

This is so BBBBBBBBSSSSSSSSSS!!! I was on propofol anestesia 2 times ... and this is IMPOSIBLE !!!!!!!!! TMZ you are so funny , but like you said this is just your teory about what the defense haved prepare !! Somehow i like it , because the ppl in the court tomorow will have funn !!! Even a child could see that this is so BS :)))) So amazing....Michael suddenly awakened just in that 2 min that the stupid doc was not there .... and he made something that is imposible ..... he made alone a IV with all the bottle ! TMZ you are FUNNY !!!!!!!! This is so like a 1 April fool !!!!! HAHAHAHA

1580 days ago
160.

ula    

DR. Murray and his lawyer : GO TO HELL.

1580 days ago
161.

SashaPanda    

AHHH! I Feel Like Strangling Murray! FFS Dont You Dare Do That! How Dare You Say Michael Killed Himself? Hes Not Stupid Like You!

1580 days ago
162.

Barb    

What a load of BS. First Murry says he waited 10 minutes before he went to the bathroom now his lawyers say he waited till noon to go. Which is it? Murry lies again. From all the info everyone talks about here it would not surprise me at all if his lawyers or someone working the case with them aren't sitting & reading so they can work out their time line. How convenient it is that the other day there was a you tube of a anesthesiologist talking about this. I'm not buying this at all.

1580 days ago
163.

janicebyrne01    

Why does Murray keep changing his story? Why doesn't he just pick one lie and stick to it? He knows he's finished and he's saying anything to get himself out of this self-made mess. The coroner stated that the patient did not, COULD NOT, have self injected. The coroner also stated that death was caused by being injected by another. So...is this going to be Murray's next lie?? The coroner is wrong/lying etc... Murray is an evil cowardly liar and he's guilty as hell. Hope he likes prison food....

1580 days ago
164.

LisbethSensitive    

THIS LIE IS THE BIGGEST SO FAR!!! IT'S SO DISGUSTING, I MISS WORDS!!!
YOU MURRAY, DR DEATH, IS THIS THE MOST CLEVER DEFENSE YOU GOT IN THE COURT, THEN YOU'RE REALLY FAR OUT!! LOOSER!!!
BUT ONE THING I DO BELIEVE IN THIS ARTICLE IS THAT A WHOLE BOTTLE OF PROPOFOL WAS USED!! BY YOU MURRAY!!!
YOU LET A WHOLE BOTTLE PROPOFOL DRIPPING DOWN IN MICHAELS BODY, DIDN'T YOU???
AND THE REASON WAS THAT... HE SHOLD DIE!! MURDERED BY YOU!!!
I HATE YOU!! FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!!
YOU DID THIS FOR MONEY!!! YOUR CREEP!!!
BUT YOU... WE ARE MANY HERE WHO KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT... WITHOUT YOU!!!
Lisbeth, Swedem

1580 days ago
165.

nodevout    

Believable. I do not think MJ killed himself on purpose. I think it was just an experiment with drugs that went wrong. However, I think the doctor should be prosecuted, for allowing MJ near those drugs. That's the same as leaving a 5 year old child. MJ was mentally 5 in a 50 year old body, a body that could not take such powerful drugs. It was a deadly combo. He was a walking corpse. A zombie if you will. So throw the doc in jail for that! :)

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