Conrad Murray's Legal Team Drops Original Claims

October 12, 2011 By:
Conrad Murray's Legal Team Drops Original Claims

When the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray began a couple of weeks ago, his defense team brought forth the argument that Michael Jackson accidentally killed himself by self-administering Propofol orally.

Murray has denied all charges of involuntary manslaughter, but the defense team is now saying their original claim about Jackson is not possible. Not the best turn of events.

Lawyer Michael Flanagan explained to the courtroom on Wednesday that, after a study was done showing that the effect of swallowing the drug would be "trivial," the defense team decided: "we are not going to assert at any time during this trial that Michael Jackson orally administered Propofol."

Cardiologist Alon Steinberg also took the stand on Wednesday, saying that Dr. Murray made at least six mistakes and his treatment of Michael Jackson was an "extreme deviation" from standard practice.

Specifically, he criticized Murray for leaving Michael Jackson alone while he went to the bathroom.

"When you monitor a patient, you never leave their side, especially after giving Propofol," Steinberg explained. "It's like leaving a baby that's sleeping on your kitchen countertop. You look at it and it's probably going to be ok, and you're just going to put some diapers away or go to the bathroom. But you would never do it because there's a very, very small chance that the baby could fall over or wake up, get startled and grab a knife or something."

A sleep expert and anesthesiologist are also expected to take the stand on Wednesday.

So now that the defense team has abandoned the claim that Jackson accidentally killed himself, where will they go from here? Michael’s former attorney Mark Geragos tells Hollyscoop, one option is to try to "establish that Michael Jackson was addicted to these drugs and when the doctor was administering them all he was trying to do was basically wing him off of the drugs and that the prosecution has basically targeted Dr. Murray as the last man standing."

But Murray's "gross negligence" looks a little overwhelming at this point. Steinberg insists that Murray lacked the basic equipment that could've kept Jackson alive during an emergency. He should also have had an assistant at all times and not performed chest compressions on Jackson, as it was unnecessary because his heart was still beating.

All in all, according to Dr. Steinberg, Dr. Conrad Murray's deviations "directly contributed to the untimely death of Michael Jackson."