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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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Jane Ross    

So Murrey is changing his story again is he? Fact, Murrey was giving Propofol to someone in their home without any of the precautions he knows they use in a hospital, and he knew the danger he was putting MJ in, and how could someone get adicted to the stuff in the first place? The autopsy report shows no damage from drug or alcohol addiction, no evidence of addiction to the drugs Murrey gave him and an independant consultant states in his opinion MJ could not have administered it himself.

Murrey is getting desperate now, he knows he is going down and if he was paid or blackmailed into doing it he had better start talking.

1663 days ago


SOB!! Murray go to hellllllllll

1663 days ago


@not a bot So you've been under propofol before? Hmmmm... I have family who are surgeons plus I was involved in the medical field. I think I know what I'm talking about when I tell you that you can't adjust your own drip. I'm not in denial I just look at the facts.

1663 days ago

just an observation    

What a story........The biggest news is yet to come

We're in awe Michael waiting on you...

1663 days ago


64. I´ve been pretty sure the defense would argue suicide. And you can be sure that they have dug up any dirt they could find about Michael, they have turned every little stone to let the world know about Michael´s shortcomings. (true or not...)

I guess we should all prepare ourselves because the coming days will be tough.

This will get VERY ugly!!

Posted at 5:10AM on Apr 4th 2010 by Gronvik

Nothing has said about SUICIDE moron..they argue that Michael self -administered the drug.

1663 days ago


You people keep calling MJ an addict but fail to realize that all the drugs the media claimed he was "abusing" and "addicted" to wasn't even found in his system.

Michael didn't die because of drug abuse. He died because of recklessness. How many doctors you know would give a person lethal amounts of an anesthetic without the proper monitoring equipment and then leave them unattended for several minutes so they can talk on the phone with their girlfriend? and on top of that, perform CPR on a bed and wait 30 minutes before finally calling 911?

1663 days ago


hello?! u cant inject urself with propofol coz it knocks u out INSTANTLY! duh! the one making these excuses is so stupid & ignorant, can u just consult a doctor if u plan on making medical stories believable? ... all the medically oriented people are laughing their asses off right now!

1663 days ago

Cam Hamon    

Ed Chernoff obviously hasnt read the autopsy report because it showed that this is BS ;)

BTW how did know to redirect to TMZ minutes BEFORE the Michael Jackson Killed Himself story was posted?

1663 days ago


lol@people who defend this so-called doctor. He's a joke and his constant lies and changing story just makes him look worst and worst. So what's his next story?

1663 days ago


But how would Michael have been able to know where to inject himself? Did he directly inject himself or inject the propofol into something?? Anyone tell me because I don't have a clue how you administer it?

1663 days ago


78. hello?! u cant inject urself with propofol coz it knocks u out INSTANTLY! duh! the one making these excuses is so stupid & ignorant, can u just consult a doctor if u plan on making medical stories believable? ... all the medically oriented people are laughing their asses off right now!

Posted at 5:36AM on Apr 4th 2010 by bopeep

Are you a "medically oriented person"? Are you a doctor? Do you know how many people in medical field are addicted to propofol and self-administering it to themselves?

1663 days ago


Yeh - Michael did kill himself by faking his death!!!

Read Bewteen the Lines.

Michael Jackson is ALIVE and soon everyone in the world will know.

It's going to be amazing.

We LOVE you Michael Jackson!!!!

1663 days ago


@not a bot Like you said to Bopeep.. Are YOU a "medically oriented person? Are YOU a doctor?" I am,and so is most of my family. I also have family in Law enforcement. So I DO know what I am talking about.

1663 days ago


mike aint dead, and yall know it, how the hell he just gone happen to wake up, from propofol, exactly when murray was out, only a couple of minutes, hurry up and inject himself, and was dead before 2 minutes were up. and it dont take a man no 2 minutes to piss, hell half the time they dont even wash their hands. michael we are waiting... i love you, but hurry back, im smoking a pack a day.

1663 days ago


I wished a new Erin Brockovich would come up, follow the trail and bring everything to the light.

Murray is in my opinion "just" the henchman. The force to do that to Michael came from somewhere else - I feel that so much inside.


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