Dr. Conrad Murray Trial Begins; Defense Tells Jury Michael Jackson Killed Himself

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In his opening statement in the the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury Michael Jackson killed himself.

Earlier, prosecutor David Walgren delivered the state's opening argument, using a stark visual of what appears to be Jackson's lifeless body on a gurney.

Below are summaries of the opening arguments laid out by both sides:

Michael Jackson Death Photo

L.A. County D.A.'s office prosecutors argued this morning that ...

  • Michael Jackson fully trusted Dr. Conrad Murray with his life
  • The cause of death was an overdose of Propofol, administered by Murray
  • Murray repeatedly acted with both gross negligence and incompetence
  • Murray bought very large quantities of Propofol on a regular basis
  • Murray knew Michael's state and what he was doing to the singer
  • In the weeks before Michael died, he was cold, shivering and rambling (Kenny Ortega will testify to this) but Murray kept giving him Propofol
  • Murray scolded Ortega for expressing concerns about Jackson's health, saying "Michael is physically and emotionally fine. I am the doctor."
  • Michael died in his bed and was dead when paramedics arrived
  • Murray was texting and making phone calls while he sat by MJ
  • He made eight phone calls on June 25, 2009, the last at 11:51 to a girlfriend, and that's when Murray realized there was an emergency
  • Murray instructed bodyguard Alberto Alvarez to essentially hide evidence in a blue bag - possibly including the fatal dose of Propofol
  • Murray never told EMTs or UCLA doctors he gave MJ Propofol
  • His guilty conscience caused him to stall the investigation
  • Murray committed "medical abandonment" of Michael Jackson by leaving a patient unattended while under anesthetic in this manner
  • Conrad Murray acted with gross negligence and was not acting in Jackson's best interests, but rather his own $150,000/month salary

Then it was time for the defense to lay out its theory. They claim:

  • Michael Jackson swallowed 8, 2 mg pills of Lorazepam, then self-injected a dose of Propofol that created a "perfect storm" that killed him
  • There was no way to save Jackson, who died instantly
  • Jackson "had a problem" that no amount of determination could overcome, even with his talent, and was in a deteriorated state for years
  • Dr. Murray is a good man, a cardiologist who saves lives
  • Murray had no idea at the time he was brought on that MJ had so many severe medical problems, including a total inability to sleep
  • Michael Jackson told Murray that the only way he could sleep was with Propofol and always took Propofol, even before hiring Murray
  • Murray provided Propofol for two months for MJ, and during that time the singer slept, woke up, and lived life as he always did
  • Murray was trying to ween MJ off Propofol and give him other, more traditional sedatives in the days before he died - with some success
  • With execs threatening to "pull the plug" on his "This Is It" tour, MJ made it clear to Murray that he needed to sleep or the tour would fail
  • Murray only gave Jackson 25 milligrams of Propofol before MJ died - not enough to kill him. MJ went to sleep with a normal pulse rate
  • When Murray left the room, "there was zero Propofol in his [Michael's] system" ... implying Michael woke up and shot himself up with the fatal dose when Murray was gone, which he also claims wasn't negligent
  • Dr. Arnold Klein got Jackson hooked on Demerol
  • Murray hid nothing from doctors or police

We're just getting started, but right now ... what do you think? Do you buy the defense theory? Based on this, tell is if you think Murray is ...


conradd murray shouldnt not be convicted of man sluaughter


No matter what happened that day michael died, we all will never truly know. There are only three people that truly know what happened that day, and thats God, Michael Jackson himself, and Dr. Conrad Murray!


It's a good thing that some of the people defending Doctor Murray don't have $150,000 to pay him to play with their lives.


To my believe, Micheal was fed up with this planet. The innocent poor black Doctor is unfortunate for him. Micheal had no familly around him, he was lonely. now he is gone the jackson famillies are trying to transfer their guilt to someone saying that someone kill Micheal? No,i believe he took his own life and may be he watched Dr M. for years to know how Dr M was using the medications for him, then, Dr M . was careless and jackson got hold of the drugs and took his own life. i believe Dr M was in shock to see MJ lying on the bed and slowing passing away. Why did MJ name the Song THIS IS IT! he knows he will not do the show and find every means to take is own life. please, i believe Dr M is innocent. The Jackson family should try to hide thier shame and leave an innocent Dr alone.
thanks Sweety


Perhaps MJ DID inject himself....who knows? If he did, Murray is just as negligent as if he (accidently) ODed him. As well he should never have left MJ unattended and he should never have administered Propofol in a non hospital setting, without proper rescuss eqiuppment and extra staff. Truth is....which ever way you look at it - he's (medically) negligent.


hes guilty no questions asked... love you Micheal RIP


There was tremendous amount of stress involved to ensure that Michael achieved the fame,fortune that would have been realized.Dr Murray happened to have been the perfect friend /doctor that would go the distance to ensure Michael is happy and protected.


jackson was a good man R.i.p


I never post on blogs but I had to say that was a very nice post Sonja. I couldn't have said it better.


The death of Mr. Michael Jackson was a tragedy. Here was a young man gifted witn so many Godly talents. And like Adam and Eve , Cain and Abel and all of us, wordly ills affected and transormed his life. That is why I believe when Mr. Jackson met Dr. Murray he was on a collission course. Dr. Murray clearly unaware of all of Michael's ills and , perhaps, in awe of where he found himself and whom he was serving, deviated from many facets of the medical field. Whether such makes him criminally liable,is in the hands of the jury. I will pray for them, Michael, and Dr. Murray,asking God not to do my will, but his. For he knows the truth, and loves both of his children unconditionally, like I do.

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