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Trial begins for Dr. Conrad Murray case

Sep 27, 2011 11:32am
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(NECN/CNN: Ted Rowlands, Los Angeles, CA) – On Tuesday, opening statements in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, will be held.

Dr. Murray was with Jackson when he died, and now he's charged with involuntary manslaughter.

"Your honor, I am innocent -- an innocent man." Dr. Conrad said.

The jury in the Conrad Murray manslaughter trial will have several questions to answer.
 
"There is no way. There is no way that Dr. Murray pumped Michael Jackson full of Propofol sufficient for major surgery and walk out of that room. That's not going to happen. That's not who Dr. Murray is." Attorney Ed Chernoff said.

 Murray claims the day Jackson died, he only administered 25mg of Propofol, far less than what was found in Jackson's body by the coroner.

The defense is expected to argue that Jackson somehow gave himself the lethal dose.
“Is it possible for the individual to inject himself with a drug? Yes, yes. “ Chernoff said.

Before Jackson died, he spent hours struggling to go to sleep, according to a timeline Murray gave police.  Murray says he gave Jackson five doses of three different drugs between 1:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., he says he gave Jackson the Propofol.  

911 was called at 12:21. Emergency responders will testify they believe Jackson was dead when they arrived. 

Another question jurors must answer is:  Was using Propofol, an anesthetic for surgery, as a sleep aid, so reckless that Murray should be held responsible for Jackson's death?
 
“The fact that the circumstances may be unusual does not make it egregious, that alone does not make it egregious.” Chernoff said.

Murray's defense will argue Jackson was a drug addict in horrible physical shape, and that he was getting drugs from other doctors that Murray didn't know about.
 
Prosecutors plan to argue that Jackson was in good shape, and plan to show this clip from the documentary "This is It" -- of Jackson rehearsing just days before he died.

So now, more than two years after Jackson's death, a Los Angeles jury will be presented with the case and ultimately decide whether Dr. Conrad Murray should be held responsible. 
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