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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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I hope JOE JACKSON nails him to the wall. If Dr. Murray get no jail time there are going to be a lot of angry people. I would love to sue him myself for pain and suffering? No way huh? He has to go away.

1635 days ago


Is Dr. Murray serious? i CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS TRIAL TO BEGIN. I wish I could file a wrongful death suit against Dr. Murray. Hey is there any chance of that happening? For pain and suffering? WE LOST AN ICON. I hope because he has no malpractice insurance in California that JOE JACKSON takes anything and everything away from him. All these high powered lawyer he is hiring is not going to save his ass. After this is all over and if he is found not guilty, he better move back to where ever he came from. There are going to be a lot of angry people.

1635 days ago


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1635 days ago


murray is lacking in medical skills,judgement,responsibility and ethics.His value system is not compatible with the practice of medicine.All his licenses need to be revoked for good.
See: for a somewhat different view on Michael
Jackson, very deep and empahtic.

1635 days ago


Concerning Dr Murry..lock him up and throw away the key I say. A man in his position should have known better and to now deny the fact and try to blame Michael is outragious, how dear he...if he gets off this the justice system has alot to answer for in my book. No way did Michael kill himself either intentionally or unintentionally, this so called Dr is clutching a straws and he no's his time is up. Not to have even appoligised because he says he did nothing wrong..well again I say...I don't think so.

1633 days ago

jolanda dams    

well, look on the webside from supertruth there you hear an intervieuw from 2 people wich work at sony and they knew mike verry well. mike told them after the last tour that he had done the last tour. when they asked mike said that another tour would be his death, but when he got problems with money they forced him to go on tour. michael had planned 10 concerts but they wanted him to do 50. they said too that mike didn't like it when people called him wacko jacko and that the media at the time from his trial never played 1 song from him while he did so much for other people. well mike was not guilty like he said and there is another thing:SONYRECORDS FORCED MICHAEL TO GO ON TOUR SO THEY KILLED HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1633 days ago


O M G, Just who in the hell does he think injected Michael with the Propofol? With all of the drugs he gave to Michael before he injected the propofol how in the hell was Michael suppose to inject himself...He would have not been able to focus properly in order to put hte needle in the IV tube. He is an A--H---. I can't stand it. Every excuse in the book. Stand up like a man Murray and take what you have coming to you. If you are a man. You are a coward if you think anybody is going to believe you. Go away and never let any body look at you again fro what you have done to such a wonderful human being. That you took away from us.

1633 days ago

elizabeth jones    

he was not conscient about his abuse of medicine on his last days also had difficulty to prepare a gigantic show (50 concerts in London) at his 50 years old.
By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions

1627 days ago


I think its bull if you ask me. What kind of doctor gives that to a patient that anyway? He should just own up to what he did and take responsibility for what he did. I honestly think he did it, and I hope to see him locked up for a very long time. He will lose this battle, even if someday he gets out...he will never practice again, and he shouldnt.

1608 days ago

jolanda dams    

michael was indeed a grownup man but i can't believe he was a junky, he always was against drugs. he only used some medicines when the pepsi-accident was just happened to get less pain

1607 days ago


Desperate man calls on desperate measures and what hog wash that MJ injected himself, Murry confessed that he injected him with propofol. Doctors take oaths and are responsible for the health and safety of all their patients including Michael Jackson. Murray new better but still chose to inject Michael. Why you say, GREED of course, which makes this whole afair very sad because of the lack of care shown towards Michael, and now Murray is not fronting up to his responsibilities because if he does he will have to face the consquences of his actions. Jerk and obviously no remorse what so ever.

1607 days ago

jolanda dams    

if something like this would happen here in the netherlands he would have no licence annymore so he would be workles. than he had to sit in jail to for manny years. it would be maybe 12 or 25 years. i hope he gets it there to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1607 days ago


you know over the pass year i have read everything on MJ. and i have come to the conclusion that anything is possible. rather he fakes his own death to get away...or dress up as someone else (Dave Dave)
or kill himself. anything is possible. not saying i believe in this rubbish, becasue i dont. im just saying anything is possible when it comes to MJ. CM will walk away from this charge. thats what i think. no body no crime right? i still believe MJ is alive and well...i think he is waiting a bit until he comes back. MJ was not a stupid man he knew if he would do those 50 concerts it would really kill him. along with other things. i believe he is alive and well. and where ever he is i hope he is happy. I ALSO WISH TMZ WOULD LEAVE HIM THE HELL ALONE. RATHER HE IS DEAD OR NOT. GIVE THE MAN SO FREAKING PEACE...

1603 days ago
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