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Dr Conrad Murray's lawyers withdraw claims Michael took fatal dose of pills

13 OCTOBER 2011

Lawyers acting for the doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death have gone back on their claim that the pop star swallowed a fatal dose of the anaesthetic Propofol behind his doctor’s back.

The move presents a change in direction as the claim has so far been the basis of Dr Conrad Murray's defence during the trial.

When the trial first began on September 27, lead defence lawyer, Ed Chernoff, said that his team would try to show that Michael gave himself the fatal dose of Propofol.

 


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But Lawyer J Michael Flanagan, who also represents Dr Murray, has now told the court that any effect from swallowing Propofol would be "trivial"

"We are not going to assert at any time during this trial that Michael Jackson orally administered Propofol," Mr Flanagan added.

Deputy District Attorney, David Walgren, and Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor appeared surprised by the change in tactic, which was not made in front of jurors.

As the trial progresses, more details are being revealed about the circumstances that surrounded the king of pop's death.

The Daily Mail reported that the singer’s children "cried and cried and cried" upon learning of their father's passing.

 

 

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While daughter Paris, 13, confronted the doctor saying: "Dr Murray, you said you save a lot of patients, you save people with heart attacks, and you couldn't save my dad"

Dr Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

If he is found guilty, he could spend up to four years in jail and lose his medical license.

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