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After a rocky preliminary hearing in which his defense theory that Michael Jackson killed himself was repeatedly shot down – at least in our view – Dr. Conrad Murray is trying a new tactic in fighting involuntary manslaughter charges.

The physician will argue at his April trial that Michael was in such a weakened state before he passed away that it’s unfair to blame Murray, or Propofol.

Think a jury will possibly buy into that?

MJ was clearly a shell of his former self after years of abusing meds, but whether that absolves Dr. Conrad Murray of guilt is another matter entirely.

The defense has to try something, of course, and it looks as if his lawyers will argue that at the time of his 2009 death, Jackson’s body was failing him.

Because of Murray? Not so, the doctor says. MJ being “driven over the edge” by AEG to rehearse for his upcoming “This Is It” tour is a likely target.

Murray’s lawyers will call witnesses to testify that Jackson was either a no-show for rehearsal or was exhibiting “clear signs” of failing health if he did.

The defense theory rides on the belief that even if jurors believe Dr. Conrad Murray administered the fatal dose of Propofol, he still may not be liable.

It’s a tough sell as we see it, but we won’t be in the jury box.

Lawyers are still expected to argue that Michael Jackson killed himself when he administered a fatal dose of Propofol when Dr. Murray left the room.

There are also problems with that, however, namely the testimony of Sade Anding, who cast doubt on Murray’s actions and whereabouts at the time.

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