Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyers are split over whether the doc should take the stand in his own defense ... TMZ has learned.
Sources connected with the case tell TMZ Ed Chernoff is adamant -- he does NOT want Murray to testify because he would be crucified on cross-examination.
Michael Flanagan feels the opposite -- that Murray MUST take the stand because without his testimony the jury will convict him.
We're told Murray will defer to his lawyers, but Murray and Chernoff are joined at the hip and it's almost certain the doc will follow his lead. Besides, Chernoff is the lead counsel and when push comes to shove -- he wins.
Our 2 cents -- Murray testifying would be a disaster for the defense.