Michael Jackson could become a pawn in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. The doctor reportedly will claim that the King of Pop — not him– injected a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol, leading to Jackson’s death from a massive heart attack.
Of course, the only person who can refute that claim is Jackson himself, which at least leaves a door open for Murray to escape involuntary manslaughter charges in the singer’s June 2009 death.
Murray, 52, faces up to four years in prison if he is convicted.
Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney David Walgren revealed the possible defense maneuver at a hearing Dec. 29 over an unrelated dispute involving who should test residue from two syringes found in Jackson’s bedroom.
“I do think it’s clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself,” Walgren asserted.
“They don’t want to say it but that’s the direction in which they are going,” he added.
Murray insists that he only injected Jackson with 25 milligrams of the drug, not nearly enough to kill him, according to defense lawyer J. Michael Flanagan.
According to Murray’s version of events, Jackson woke up while Murray was out of the room and injected himself with more of the drug, leading to cardiac arrest.
The powerful anesthetic is never used outside of a hospital environment and patient who receive it generally must also be on oxygen, something that Jackson did not have in the room.
Judge Michael Pastor will hear arguments next week to determine whether the prosecution has enough evidence to claim that Murray was criminally responsible for the king of pop’s death.
As many as 30 witnesses are expected to be called during the two week hearing.