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Anesthesiologist and Propofol expert Dr. Paul White, a witness called by Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team, isn't doing the defendant a lot of favors this week.

Having somewhat altered his original claim that Michael Jackson could have died from ingesting Propofol, he may have erased any lingering reasonable doubt.

White's initial theory was that swallowing Propofol could've been fatal for Michael Jackson, whose death Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter for.

Now, though, he's singing a different tune.

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He claims he included that theory in a prior report for the defense attorneys, but that was just a plausible suggestion, not a foregone conclusion as to how MJ died.

Yes, he says it's still possible, but the backtracking can't help Murray ... especially after the beating he's taken by expert after expert called by the prosecution.

Also, during opening statements, the defense argued the The King of Pop may have killed himself by ingesting Propofol, but has since dropped that claim after a study revealed drinking the anesthetic would not be fatal.

White said he wouldn't expect Jackson to have died from the amount of Propofol Murray claims he gave the singer, but when asked if he could justify administering the drug and then leaving the room, he said, "absolutely not."

Bottom line: It's looking grim for the doc.

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Michael Jackson had such bad insomnia that extreme measures were needed to help him sleep, according to his longtime physician, Dr. Allan Metzger.

He testified on Monday for the defense in Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial, and painted a picture of an often desperate patient.

He said he told Michael Jackson on April 14, 2009 that administering an IV anesthetic outside of a hospital was dangerous and he would not do it.


"He asked me about intravenous sleep medicine. He used the word 'juice,'" he said. "I don’t think he mentioned the word of a specific sleep medication."

"[Jackson] did not believe any oral medicine would be helpful."

Metzger had treated Jackson on and off for roughly two decades and had toured with him, just as Murray had planned to do before his June 2009 death.

Defense attorneys are trying to show that MJ was an out-of-control addict who killed himself via drug overdose the second Murray's back was turned.

Prosecutors says Murray was a doctor who, at the rate of $150,000 a month, gave the star whatever he wanted and engaged in many negligent practices.

They also claim  that there is no evidence that Jackson gave himself the overdose of Propofol that killed him, as Murray's defense has tried to argue.

Under cross-examination, Deputy DA David Walgren asked Metzger if there was "any amount of money" that could convince him to give MJ Propofol.

"Absolutely not," Metzger replied.

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As if Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team didn't have its work cut out for it already, the legal ensemble is starting to fracture amid reports of persistent infighting.

Ed Chernoff, Dr. Murray's lead attorney, is from Houston and had been staying with another member of the team, J. Michael Flanagan, to save Murray money. 

But he moved out from Flanagan's digs a week and a half ago. "Ed didn't like the way Michael was handling the prosecution witnesses," says a close source.

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Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.

"Ed felt that Michael was too abrasive and caustic with his questioning, and that Michael allowed witnesses to clarify points that only helped the prosecution."

"Things were getting very tense, and he's moved into a hotel in Santa Monica," a source close to Dr. Conrad Murray said, after the final straw this month.

Courtroom onlookers were stunned as Chernoff decided he was going to be handling the questioning of the DA's expert medical witness, Dr. Steven Shafer.

"Flanagan had prepared for approximately four months to cross examine Dr. Shafer," the insider said. "Michael was thoroughly prepared and ready."

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Dr. Conrad Murray is praying for the prosecution.

Why? The doc didn't really get into that. But he is!

Murray, who has taken a pounding in court these last few weeks, made the surprising statement last night, leaving a restaurant in Santa Monica.

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"I would like to pray for the prosecutor, his associates, and his expert witness," the late Michael Jackson's former physician told a photographer.

Murray did not indicate whether it's because he prays for everyone, because that's just the kind of guy he is, or due to recent events in his trial.

Maybe Murray means he's praying because he believes the trio are portraying him unfairly before the jury in his involuntary manslaughter case.

Either way, dude is praying. Watch after the jump:

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It's looking more and more like Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team is going to need a miracle to get their client off the hook in the death of Michael Jackson.

While Murray didn't mean to kill anyone, the charge is involuntary manslaughter, and expert after expert continues to make the case that he's responsible.

The prosecution's star witness said yesterday that Murray gave Jackson higher dosages of drugs than he told detectives, and that's not even the worst part.

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Apparently, the anesthetic Propofol was still being fueled into Michael's veins as he passed. Jackson "died, but with the infusion running," Dr. Steven Shafer testified.

Throughout the day, Shafer - who previously listed 17 reasons Michael died as a result of Murray's care - used charts and demonstrations to emphasize his point.

In turn, he shredded Murray's medical care and the implausibility of defense suggestions that MJ gave himself an overdose of propofol or the sedative Lorazepam.

Instead, Shafer says Murray took his eyes off Jackson more than long enough to miss seeing Jackson's lungs become depleted and his heart stop beating.

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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.

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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:

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Deputy D.A. David Walgren met with Michael Jackson's son Prince to discuss the possibility of the King of Pop's eldest child testifying against Dr. Conrad Murray.

The meeting was held at Katherine Jackson's gated Calabasas, Calif., residence. Katherine, Michael's mother, wants to ensure Prince's protection in all of this.

"Even though she is steadfastly against Prince testifying, she recognizes this is something he feels he must do if asked," says a source close to the family.

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Prince Michael with sister Paris Jackson in Wales October 8.

"Prince has information that's clearly relevant to the proceedings. Make no mistake, Prince would have been called as a witness already if he was an adult."

The D.A. is about to rest without having called Prince Michael Jackson, but the option is on the table to call him as a rebuttal witness after Murray's defense.

That decision will be made by the D.A. after hearing the defense case.

"Prince does have information that would be helpful for the jury to hear. However, it's a double-edged sword of putting a child on the stand," says the insider.

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Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial in connection with Michael Jackson's 2009 death will resume on Wednesday after a series of delays.

Los Angeles Judge Michael Pastor made the announcement Monday morning at a hearing attended by lawyers for both sides; the jury wasn't present.

Today's session was canceled after the father of the prosecution's final witness died, but Judge Pastor ordered the delay of one more day additionally.

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Murray's defense team will be able to gather more details from the L.A. County Coroner's Office test results of Lorazepam levels in Michael Jackson's body.

His lawyers may be readying to mount a defense on the theory that Lorazepam killed MJ, and that acute Propofol intoxication was NOT a cause of death.

Says a source close to the case:

"This case isn't about Propofol, Michael Jackson didn't die from that. He died because of an extremely high level of Lorazepam found in his body."

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Perhaps it's a little too early to start talking about what happens if Dr. Conrad Murray gets convicted of felony involuntary manslaughter - he has yet to present his defense - but it does not look good for the physician right now.

Between the Michael Jackson autopsy photo, the 911 call and most of all, the various holes in his defense, he'll have to pull off a miracle to be acquitted.

So what happens when and if he gets convicted?

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As for how much time Murray would serve, officials tell TMZ that Murray would be jailed for half the actual sentence. So four years as opposed to two.

Moreover, because of severe overcrowding, inmates are eligible for house arrest, based on their prior criminal history, and their risk to the community.

Murray has a clean record and, as one law enforcement official put it, "it's not like he's going to walk around with a bottle of Propofol and kill people."

So if the jail is filled to the max, the Sheriff could quickly put him on house arrest - if not right away, shortly into his sentence - ankle monitor style.

Again, this is all premature. The jury could still find him not guilty on all counts. But right now, we could bet heavily against that possibility occurring.


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Dr. Conrad Murray's attorneys are trying to change defendant's defense in his involuntary manslaughter trial, telling jurors Michael Jackson had much more than two minutes alone self-administer a fatal dose of Propofol June 25, 2009.

By claiming this, they are contradicting Murray's own statement.

Murray's attorney J. Michael Flanagan suggested that the two-minute window Murray said he left the star alone for that morning wasn't accurate after all.

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Prosecutors have lambasted the idea that MJ could have woken up, grabbed a bottle of Propofol and injected it into the port in his leg in just two minutes.

Interestingly, by suggesting it was a longer window of time, Flanagan is basically saying Murray lied to police ... but Flanagan's version is likely correct.

In the hour before Murray began resuscitating Jackson, he was on the phone for around 45 minutes, according to police and the many women he called.

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