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:

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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 ...


have not had a chance to watch the trial, due to work. from some of the comments made,some coulkd be true, others maybe.if MJ took the drugs himself, how is that the dr. fault.MJ probably had some stached away without the dr. knowing. what reason would he have for wanting MJ dead? they need 100% prove that he is guilty or innocent.

Jaan black

...what am I looking at? Is that MJ dead?


Despite being a fan of the Michael, I do not believe Dr. Murray was the killer of Michael.
Do you believe that a doctor who gets lucrative U.S. dollars, would liquidate this spring? Yet no one wondered how many times Dr. Murray may have saved Michael. I think is the fame who was kill Michael. peace to him.


As usual, the victim is never the victim. Well if this doctor left the medication where Michael could get a hold of it and medicate himself, I'd say that the doctor is still resonsible for negligance or contributing to his death.


murray is a murder.there were more people invovled someone else got mj drug up then murray came in an finished the job. murray needs to go to jail then we need to find the others an put in jail

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Dear Dolly, first thank you and I stand corrected on the name of Dr. Murry I am not ashamed to admitt I do have a form of dislexia but if you read my facebook you will discover some very interesting subject matters, "Issues" facebook information Dutch L.Williams aka awson@aol.com it's characters like you that make this world turn in good taste I'm saying. Know allow me to say this use that enery of correctivness and focus on my point of subject and get back with me P.S. I corrected it to Murry... Thank You Mom


The doctor didn't do his work well at all, even if Michael took the drugs himself i still blame the doctor. He did not do his work well, this is between life and death and the doctor chose death for my dear brother MJ!!!!!


Hes guilty. Saying that michael injected himself is an excuse and sounds better in court on his behalf. He most likely gave Michael the shot himself. How was it that he was able to make all those calls before realizing there was a problem. If michael wanted to sleep so he could have a good tour then he obviously didnt want a permanet sleep which was what he gave him. He wanted to wake up rested the next morning, murrays story just doesnt make any sence.....


This case has all the ingredients for increasing awareness of careful medication and medicine use. It is clearly a case where the brilliant Law and the munificent and considerate Medical professions will serve the nation; and due to the incredible fame, talent, support and the outstanding musical contribution of the great Michael Jackson. Best Regards, DINESH R MAKWANA (DREAMWORDS AND INORBITS)


Maybe pull out your dictionary or use spell check. It's hard to give somebody credibility on complicated legal issues when they can't spell. Maybe that's just me... By the way it's Dr. Murray not Murrphy. Just saying...

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