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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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Michael was MURDERED. Conrad Murray was HIRED. You will see. The truth will come out someday.

1626 days ago


TIMOTHY BETTONS I don't mean to spread hate, It is upsetting that michael is dead and his killer is acting like nothing happened. Ther is an autopsy report, there was a memorial and a funerl, his family looks hurt and there has been an arrest. I wish michael were alive but he is not, he is dead and why would he fake his death? he could have gotten away if he wanted. I think fans need to unite in justice for mcihael instead of concentrating on a hoax that is most likely fake, whay entertain and hurt yourselves like this?

1626 days ago


Ya lauren, justins right. i didnt believe it all eitherr but then i started looking around on youtube and at those hoax sights and they just might be right. the funeral did look like a movie set and no one cried at his memorial. something is def up. looks and smells like a hoax. so who knows.

1626 days ago


And by the way: Michael has an cardiologist in his house because he wants to kill himself??? This is such a BS!!!

I think he was a man full of fears. I don't think he administrated himsefl in "just this two minutes" an overdose propofol - I mean: hey, think about that!

If he wanted to be dead he wouldn't have needed a "doctor" in his house! He could get the stuff whenever he wanted from whoever.

Michael was a funny, love giving person and a beloved father ... He knew this. Damn ... who was this? Who is responsilble for all this? ... Could somebody please find out!!! Please!

1626 days ago

Gone too soon    

To the believers: do you have a deadline for waiting for the come back? How many years?

If we all "believed", noone would move a finger to get justice for Michael. It´s all a hoax so why bother? And when Murray walks free and the calender says 2020 and MJ still hasn´t returned....would we regret ourselves?

I would, for sure! I would know that the world failed Michael. Again.

1626 days ago

bianca andrade    

The man is a failure to do justice but the justice of God does not. This Murray will pay for everything! Michael Brazil is fighting for justice.

1626 days ago


I do agree on some level, but after looking at that hoax stuff, im half-convinced. there is some really really weird stuff going on. watch the videos and stuff. even if you dont believe, at least check it out. fascinating. it cant hurt to look.

i hope that either way, if he's alive or if he was murdered by that coward conrad murray, that mj fans show up in droves to the courthouse on monday to show support and love. thats what michael wouldve wanted. lets give him in death what we didnt give him enough of in life...LOVE.

love to you lauren. keep and open mind too, if you can

1626 days ago


Everyone try and be kind and respectful to eachother. Act like adults,Not children because if you're a child you shouldn't be on this site anyway.

1626 days ago


Since my life is devoted to Criminal Justice, I like to hear a good defense every now and then. The problem is, this isn't a good defense. It's actually laughable. Michael Jackson always had somebody else inject him with drugs, because he was too scared to do it himself. Then let's question Dr Murray leaving the room for said 2 minutes to use the restroom. It's illegal for a doctor to leave any patient who is under Propofol. I've heard from many that Jackson was difficult and and demanding. But if it were Jackson's fault, why is Conrad hiding the medications and why did he administer CPR on a bed if he's a legit doctor? Why did he make a whole bunch of phone calls trying to save his butt BEFORE calling 911? This guy is full of it.

1626 days ago


SMH...This guy has told so many different stories and has been caught in so many lies to the point where it's just pathetic. If the situation were'nt so tragic it would be laughable.

lol at the people who voted for plausible.

1626 days ago


I believe he's alive and my deadline is July since he said, "See you in July." Many of the other believers have other deadline dates.

We are still united in justice for Michael, but we want a different kind of justice... we want the media to start speaking about him with love instead of with judgement and hate.

Believers and nonbelievers have something in for michael.

if we are wrong, we will admit it. but we really believe that michael faked his death and that he will indeed be back.

please feel free to check out our proof:

its worth a look, at least. if anything, its more entertaining than facebook.

thanks, and love to you all. remember, we love michael too.

1626 days ago


If you want to know who is guilty, follow the money trail...

1626 days ago


TMZ you stated "Multiple sources familiar with the strategy..." but that Ed Chernoff couldn't be reached for a comment,why not wait and speak directly to Ed? You claim to have only spoken to "sources" familiar with a strategy not this case,TMZ has become less and less reliable!

1626 days ago


@ Maelini: I am sorry, but I don't agree with you. You can just bear this site if you are kind of childish. Unfortunately, because I sometimes don't know where to go with my pain about Michael's death.

I love you more Michael!

1626 days ago


By the way, I see some are saying Michael is alive. Michael is not 2Pac and his death didn't fall on any significant month, day or year. Michael is gone. That is a fact we will all have to face. Michael would never be able to watch millions and millions of people greive over it. That alone would kill him. He doesn't have a black heart that it takes to pull off a fake death. Clearly some people never bothered to see the kindness of Michael Jackson. They are too busy insisting he molested little boys. How pathetic.

1626 days ago
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