We've been wondering ever since he was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson how Dr. Conrad Murray would try to explain it away.
Now we know: He plans to argue that MJ did himself in.
Murray's legal defense will hinge on the argument that the pop icon gave himself the fatal dose of Propofol, a hospital-grade anesthesia authorities say killed him.
The defense will argue how Michael Jackson was a long-time Propofol addict, and that "Michael liked to push it" via IV, to the point of going to extreme measures.
His argument will attempt to establish that Jackson's own reckless behavior was the cause of his death, and refute that Murray covered up evidence in the case.
The doctor's story of the Jackson death timeline is likely to play out as such:
What really happened June 25? Only Michael Jackson and Dr. Conrad Murray know for sure, and the latter has a markedly different version of events than the LAPD.
- Around 10:50 a.m. on June 25, Dr. Conrad Murray gave Michael Jackson 25 mg of Propofol from a 20 ml bottle, which is only about 1/8 of the bottle.
- The dose Dr. Murray administered would keep someone asleep for only 5-10 minutes, but the Propofol, along with Ativan and Versed already in MJ's system, had a synergistic effect that put Jackson to sleep for a longer period.
- For the next hour, Dr. Murray stayed in the room and was on the phone much of the time. He didn't leave the room to make the calls because MJ liked activity in the room, regularly sleeping with the lights on and the TV blaring.
- Around noon, Murray left the room for approximately two minutes to go to the bathroom. While he was gone, the defense believes Jackson suddenly woke up, frustrated he had spent nearly nine hours trying in vain to sleep.
- The defense theory: MJ took the 20 ml bottle of Propofol, self-injected the remainder of it via IV and caused a massive overdose, stopping his heart.
- Dr. Murray found Jackson with eyes open and pupils dilated, dropped the phone (he was speaking with girlfriend Nicole Alvarez) and performed CPR.
What do you think of this theory by Dr. Conrad Murray? Is it at all legitimate, or is he just grasping at whatever legal straws he can find at this point?