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.
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.
Flanagan said while questioning an expert who criticized Murray’s decisions: “Let’s assume Dr. Murray was gone for a period of time longer than two minutes … maybe it was 10, 15, 20. What is it about [MJ] that makes him savable?”
It all boils down to whether the jury buy the new version, or whether making Murray out to be a liar will counter any effectiveness this new tack may have.
NOTE: In case there is any confusion, the defense is not trying to say MJ took his own life on purpose, merely that he woke up, frustrated at his inability to sleep, and killed himself by accident trying to up the dose of Propofol.
The Michael Jackson autopsy photo might shock and awe the jurors, but proves little. Is there enough reasonable doubt to acquit Murray of manslaughter?
What’s Your take? Dr. Murray: