Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyers are going to try to convince you that he did.
In a Los Angeles courtroom Monday, attorneys for the doctor accused of manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death offered some clues as to how they plan to defend him, reports CBS News Correspondent Ben Tracy.
Some of those closest to Jackson say he was weak, thin and desperate for drugs in the months before he died.
Now, lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray say some in the late pop star’s inner-circle should be forced to testify – for the defense.
Among them, nurse Cherilyn Lee, who went public with claims Jackson begged her for the powerful anesthetic Propofol.
“He said, ‘I want an IV that, when I have this IV, when it drops into my vein, the first drop, I am knocked out,” Lee said in June 2009.
Murray admits giving Jackson the drug, but his defense team plans to argue that Jackson injected himself with the lethal dose.
The judge ruled Monday that two other doctors, who say the singer asked them for Propofol, must also take the stand.
“What Conrad Murray is hoping,” explains CBS News legal analyst Lisa Bloom, “is that these witnesses will corroborate their position that Jackson was a known addict. They’ll still have to link it up that he self-injected, but it makes it more likely.”
We all have a special place in our hearts for Michael Jackson, but do you put any stock into the defense’s claim that MJ did himself in overdosing on his favorite drug?