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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 don't think little Paris' grief at MJ's memorial service was faked, nor do I think he would put his children through really believing he is dead even for a short time.

Further, I would think all the people involved would be facing various fraud charges, including insurance fraud and all the money made (and spent) on the service, taxpayer funds spent on a trial, etc. While we would all like to see MJ alive, I fear he would be in very big legal trouble, as well as anyone assisting him in such a hoax.

Apparently there are some people on this blog who are too young to remember that we all went through the same "death hoax" stories about Elvis.

1393 days ago


If he injected himself, (Wouldn't his finger prints be on the bottle)?

It's very sad that we will never know...

I will be very surprised if anyone go's to jail or is convicted!

Yes Michael has most of the responsibility. :-(

1393 days ago


Murray injected Michael Jackson with heart stopping medication even worse, he waited almost an hour before he called 911 for competent medical help that was less than 8 minutes away.

Murray didn't even tell medical professionals on the scene that he'd given Michael Jackson the deadly heart stopping drug!

Murray made sure enough time passed so Michael Jackson couldn't survive before Murray called for help.

Murray made sure he had plenty of time to set things up in the room to try and blame Michael for his own death.

On one hand Murray said he gave Michael a low dose of the heart stopping medicine to help him sleep for 5 or 10 minutes but other medications he gave him made him sleep longer.

The coroner said the IV in Michaels leg was positioned in a way that it would be impossible for Michael to inject himself!

Even if it that lie was true, (and its not) it doesn't make sense for Michael to hire Murray to safely administer his medications then just jump up and inject it himself, during the 2 minutes when Murray left the room!

Michael Jackson's children deserve justice for their father being murdered by this quack who holds himself out as a cardiologist and charging him with the smallest charge possible for this crime flies in the face of justice!

Michael Jackson's children will not sit down at breakfast with their father again, and will spend every holiday without him.

This is a sad legacy for a man who had such a kind and generous heart. Murray had the nerve to say he had nothing to apologize to Michaels family for, even though he murdered Michael Jackson.

Murray doesn't care or realize GOD has a natural order of things but life will make him pay for this terrible injustice without anyone having to lift a finger. Trust me

I'll apologize for this quack. Katherine, Janet, Prince, Paris and Blanket, I"m so sorry this quack killed the person you loved with all of your heart but remember his spirit lives as long as you do. Murray, in my opinion you are one pathetic excuse for a human being. The Creator of all things will deal with you. Nuff said!

1393 days ago


it's not possible for Michael to get out of all that medication Dr killer gave him in 2 minutes and selfinject propofol before Dr killer was back, because he said he was out the room just for 2 minutes, that mean he should have seen some sort of movement if Michael was up, and as for the empty bottle under Michael's night table, yes Dr killer had too much to clean up so he forget some and that was one of them.The things people do for money, he is guilty will rot in hell.MISS U MJ LOVE U FOREVER.anna

1393 days ago


Dr. Murray has to burn in hell because he took the world
s greatest humanitarian off the face of the earth. Michael Jackson did not kill himself because he loved his family and his children too much. Every cardiologist knows you are supposed to have the patient on the floor to administer CPR. I hope Dr. Murray gets life and justice is served for Michael. The whole world wants justice for Michael. Michael may you rest in peace. I will always love you. Christine Ferrara

1392 days ago


ABSOULETLY NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!michael would NEVER KILL HIMSELF. he always said time and again how he LOVED LIFE, HIS CHILDREN (especially)AND HIS MOM. Dr DEATH IS THE ONE WHO KILLED MICHAEL. HIS S***BAGGS ATTORNEY ONLY WANT TO WIN.they don't care about the truth for this beloved soul, who loved everyone and everything.we love you michael wish you were/and I believe you may one day..............

1392 days ago


I think some of your are obviously stupid and didn't read the entire article, they aren't saying Micheal Jackson purposely killed himself, they are simply saying that the defense is going to argue that MJ injected himself with out knowing the proper dose to administer himself which lead to his death which makes sense, Not saying its what happened but it's possible. All of you who are talking about how he would never kill himself obviously only read the title and didn't bother reading the actual article. if anything I think Dr. Murray should be convicted of Involuntary manslaughter.

1392 days ago


Someone should kill to Dr. Murray and we could say that he killed himself. Sorry Michael, I know you never would approve something like this, but someone must pay for having taken off the life of the most beautiful human being I had knew.

If some killer is reading me, please, go to kill to Dr. Murray, you can put a stop to this farce

1392 days ago


I work full time in an intesive care unit. Even in the hospital they do not administer propafol to pt's for a sleep aid. Dr. Murray should know enough about propafol to know that it's not a sleep aid it's a sedative. All patient's in my hospital who are on propofol are on ventilators to breath for them. I dont think people relize that we're not talking about given a tylenol pm here. Propafol is not indicated for sleeping issues. For some one to even recommend for him to take that as a sleep aid is insane. What a convient story that Michael woke up and injected him self.

1392 days ago


Anyone with an iota of an IQ would know that Michael Jackson never would kill himself. I wonder why Conrad Murray brought propofol into MJs house? Show me the proof why!! How dare Murray bring such a killing drug into MJs house. Did MJ approve this? If so, show me the letter of proof.
There is not a shadow of a doubt that Conrad Murray killed Michael Jackson, and more than likely it was "murder". I don't believe MJ had signed the contract for Murray to treat him. Did he? If so, show me the me the letter with MJs signature on it. Even if MJ or anyone begged Murray for that drug, Murray was negligent in giving it to MJ or anyone. He is a walking killer and will kill again.
Who is givng Murray money now? He's still in debt but can take vacations to Hawaii? Remember...what goes around, comes around and Conrad Murray is a "sheep in wolves clothing." He planned this. It is MURDER>

1391 days ago


Murder, suicide, or psuedocide(Hoax) or not, Michael is not coming back. What would be the point of making it appear that you are dead? The point is to be dead and to escape all of the drama. Everyone of the possibilities is plausible. I do hope that he is alive somewhere being normal. Either way, He aint coming back.That, we the fans must accept. If he were to every make an appearance, hewould have some tall explaining to do -MORE DRAMA. IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN!'

1391 days ago


WOW.mj wouldnt kill himself knowing what could happen. Murray is a liar. i hope the truth WILL come out and he gets lots of jail time. love you mj. you are always in my heart

1391 days ago


"- 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."

Why am I not buying this?

So the defense claims that Jackson awoke from a drug induced sleep oriented and "with it" enough to realize no one was in the room with him, then inject himself with the remaining Propofol?

I'd like to know how Jackson managed to do all that in less than 2 minutes, especially via IV. An IV drip, even on the fastest setting (with the valve all the way open) would take a heck of a lot longer than 2 minutes to inject 20ml.

As for the bit about the Dr not removing the bottle - it looks to me like the Dr messed up and he knows it.

Initial reports indicated a completely different story, that he wasn't "found" for some time after he died, and then it took quite a while to decide to call for emergency help. If I remember right, wasn't it something like 20 to 30 minutes? Maybe longer?

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1390 days ago


Cant wait to see this trial. We will hear information surrounding the death of Michael Jackson that we did not know before.

1390 days ago
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