The case against him was looking strong anyway, but prosecution's main expert against Dr. Conrad Murray shredded the physician on the stand yesterday.
Dr. Steven Schafer called Murray's treatment of Michael Jackson "egregious," "difficult to comprehend," and "inexcusable," among other descriptive terms.
In fact, Schafer testified to 17 different "unconscionable" ways Dr. Conrad Murray's treatment could have contributed to the death of the music legend.
Schafer, an anesthesiologist who wrote the packaging insert for Propofol - the main drug blamed in the singer's death - was damning in his testimony.
He said Murray behaved more like an employee who was following orders than a doctor whose priority was his patient's health, and has no excuses.
Schafer said things Murray did on and before June 25, 2009, are things that every doctor knows not to do – and many led to Michael Jackson's death.
Among his claims faulting Jackson's doctor:
- Treating insomnia with Propofol in general.
- Not keeping any kind of medical records at all.
- Leaving the room with no one watching Jackson.
- Murray should not have administered the toxic anesthetic and other dangerous drugs in the star's bedroom without proper monitoring equipment.
- Murray incompetently administered CPR by pushing down with one hand on Jackson's chest, with Michael still on a bed instead of a hard surface.
- Schafer was particularly indignant that Murray telephoned Jackson's personal assistant and left a voicemail message long before 911 was called.
"That is so egregious that I actually find it difficult to comprehend – you have a patient who has been arrested and you call and leave a voice message for someone ... That is so completely and utterly inexcusable," Schafer testified.
"Dr. Murray was quite clueless as to what to do."
Many of the seven men and five women of the jury took copious notes during Schafer's testimony, the last of the prosecution's case against Murray.
The defense is expected to present its witnesses, including its own anesthesia expert, starting on Friday and will likely conclude its case next week.
The prosecution will then have a chance to call any final rebuttal witnesses. Michael's son Prince Michael Jackson is rumored to be among them.
He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces four years in prison.