Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death
A California jury found Dr. Conrad Murray guilty last year of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death.
July 30th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Conrad Murray seeks new test in Michael Jackson's death

Conrad Murray wants a key piece of evidence tested which his lawyers argue could prove Michael Jackson injected himself with the drug that killed him.

Murray, who is serving a four-year prison sentence, is appealing last year's involuntary manslaughter conviction in Jackson's 2009 death.

A motion filed Monday by his lawyers asked an appeals court to order a test of the residue in a 100 milliliter bottle of propofol that prosecutors say contained the fatal dose of surgical anesthetic.

If it contains 10% lidocaine, then it would support prosecution expert Dr. Steven Shafer's theory that Murray rigged up an IV drip using the bottle and then left the room, Murray's motion said.

Shafer testified that lidocaine, which was found in Jackson's blood after his death, was mixed with propofol to ease the sting of the drug as it entered a vein in Jackson's leg.

"However, if the residue is 100% propofol, it would absolutely refute Shafer's final contention that was used to prove an IV propofol infusion," the motion said.

The defense theory was that a desperate Jackson, fearing that his comeback concerts could be canceled unless he found elusive sleep, self-administered propofol that Murray was trying to wean him off of. It contends that Jackson also swallowed eight lorazepam tablets while Murray was not watching.

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  1. Rascal Rabble

    this is sooo stupid...lack of lidocaine does not prove michael's self administration...no more than it proves dr conrad adds lidocaine to the medication each and everytime he administers the drug...propofol should have never been used in that setting, to treat sleep deprivation, much less employed without the proper equipment...the lists just goes on and on of the things this guy should not have done...

    July 30, 2012 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. original MJ fan

    I recall seeing Michael Jackson perform at Disneyland 40 years ago. Do you?
    Eyewitness accounts can oftentimes be more misleading than revealing. But I'm here to tell you...I have seen with my own eyes the wholesome young God fearing young man you people turned into a freak just like yourselves.
    Conrad was only the triggerman.

    July 30, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      No, but I recall see the Jackson 5 in Gary before they were famous.they were good.

      July 30, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. original MJ fan

    Also appearing with Michael and the Jackson Five that day at Disneyland was Donny and the Osmond brothers.
    Get it? Nope, prolly not.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. original MJ fan

    Michael's mother was also there. Only her colon didn't weigh 60 lbs.

    July 30, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Oops.
    Never mind.

    July 30, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. fernace

    Murray seems to not understand that it doesn't matter who gave MJ the last dose! He is the person who supplied the drugs illegaly & used them for the wrong reasons! There were no perscriptions & propofol is an anesthetic not a sleep aid! Could he not see this was a disaster waiting to happen? No, he just wanted his generous compensation , which is the only reason he was there & no longer in private practice! He should do his time & be happy it was so lenient!!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Reality, Conrad was a doctor and should know better and DID, of the effects those drugs had, that's why he prescribed them... that and the MONEY!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  8. Air Bud

    Need litmus tests.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mary©

    Not me above, I have my new trademark.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Mary S.

    Murray....really a doctor??!! Let's not forget that this "cardiologist" didn't know how to administer CPR properly, (tried to preform it on MJ's bed), but now, he's claiming the lidocaine will stop the "burning" of the propofol.......WRONG AGAIN
    Any REAL healthcare provider, and most pt.'s receiving lidocaine, know that LIDOCAINE BURNS LIKE .... (u know what)
    Got any other excuses, "DOCTOR"?

    July 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mr Dalloway

    Mr Murray your reputation proceeds you, you took away a great, and at times an albeit flawed uman being, now please do your time, and shut you mouth.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mr Dalloway

    Miss you still Michael.

    July 31, 2012 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |