Murray defense: MJ killed himself

CSI LOS ANGELES: Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team will suggest that Michael Jackson killed himself, the AP reports. "I do think it's clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself," Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said during a hearing Wednesday. "They don't want to say it, but that's the direction in which they are going." A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin Jan. 4, after which Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there’s sufficient evidence to hold Murray for trial. But Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan told Pastor that a huge amount of the anesthetic Propofol—possibly 150 milligrams—would have had to be present in Jackson's body to reach the level that killed him. He noted that Dr. Murray has said he gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug, along with small amounts of sedatives, to help him sleep. There have been suggestions that Jackson could have injected himself with more of the Propofol while Murray was out of the room. Flanagan said a broken syringe was found on the bedroom floor in addition to a syringe in an intravenous medication bag, and that a fingerprint found on the broken syringe hasn't been identified. (12/30a)

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