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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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Conrad Murray was hired to kill Michael. It'll all come out...unless Sony bought off the jury too...

1641 days ago

Candace J.    

Dr.Conrad Murray, needs to be sentence for killing a very highly devoted musical artist his life!!! his family is devasted he is not around any more!!! How would you feel if your family was to die and never would be able to seethem again!!! life is definently a bitch!!!! :-(

1641 days ago


Michael would NEVER have intentionally killed himself. He was over the moon in love with his children. There is no way on earth he'd kill himself. He was their only parent. He would never in a million years choose to leave his babies.

1641 days ago


Check it out for proof. He's alive and he will be back.

1641 days ago


Maelini ... you make a good point. But, I still think that Jackson, a 50 yr old man, had control over what was injected into him or not. You know?

1641 days ago


That is the lamest BS story I've ever heard in my life!! If this is really the defense Murray is relying on he will be destroyed in court. Good I can't wait...lying murderer. Justice for MJ!!

Michael would never commit suicide...he loved his children too much. Anyone who believes that is an idiot. And self-injecting propofol in under 2 minutes would be almost impossible, especially after waking up all groggy. Murray is a pathetic piece of human garbage and he will pay for his unethical negligence and lies, if not in this life, then the next.

1641 days ago


Conrad Murray is the fall guy. Michael's will is fake. Michael was murdered because he's making Branca and McClain more money dead than alive. It was a planned hit, and it worked. Murray will be convicted, but he's getting paid handsomely for his dirty work. Less than 2 years in jail and then he will be living in riches for the rest of his life for offing Michael. Sad sad sad. RIP Mikey.

1641 days ago




1641 days ago


Michael didn't kill himself. The truth will prevail. You will see.

1641 days ago

MJ Fan    

This is total BS! And i'm sorry people, who thik that Michael is alive it proves, that you do not know Michael if you think that he might inscinet his death and hurt his family and fans!!

1641 days ago



Michael LIVES!

Can't wait to see you again Michael! Your fans love you and can't wait for the BIG COMEBACK!

1641 days ago


moveover, I do think that Michael was very desperate for a good night sleep. I think that he had a lot of enablers around him that told him this was fine. I had never heard of Propofol until I had surgery. He had to have heard of it from someone.Any doc should have denied the drugs.Yes,MJ made mistakes with his drug issues,Im not saying he was a saint but I don't think he had any part in "Taking" his life. If murray hadn't screwed up(ROYALLY),He would still be alive.

1641 days ago


by Maelini
You are correct,there is no way possible way MJ could have "self-injected" himself! People are "knocked out" within seconds,and you have be hooked up to the proper monitors. This is total BS! Murray gave CPR on a bed,waited to call 911,hid evidence,has told several different stories about what happened,and the list goes on and on,come on there is so much Murray did wrong! Murray is just trying to save his own butt from big budda!

1641 days ago


Da troot will prevail.


1641 days ago

Gone too soon    

Creepy! When Michael died I had a very strange dream - he was standing there, totally hysterical, screaming out: "I did NOT kill myself! Don´t let them say this was suicide!Please tell them!"

I am not an MJ-fan but the dream was so strong and odd that I carried it with me for weeks. Noone mentioned suicide at that time so I just shook it off me. And it is....!

Okey then, this was NOT suicide.

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