The manslaughter trial into the death of Michael Jackson against his doctor Conrad Murray could be coming to its last week, as the prosecution has now rested its case. In the last four weeks, the prosecution has called 33 witnesses, whose testimony they hope will paint Dr Murray as a reckless doctor who administered the strong anaesthetic drug propofol negligently as a sleep aid.
The Defence attorneys meanwhile have tried to portray Michael Jackson as an insomniac eager for sleep and highly familiar with the drug, who desperately sought it from those around him. Following the singer’s death, Dr Murray told police that he had been trying to wean the singer off propofol in his final days. While Murray has admitted to giving Jackson propofol, his attorneys argue that it was in safe amounts and that Jackson himself administered an extra dose, which proved to be fatal, when Murray was out of the room.
The defence will also have to answer questions surrounding inconsistencies between what Murray told police happened in Jackson’s final hours and evidence which does not match his statements. One of the large points of contention that the prosecution have tried to use to show negligence on Murray’s part is evidence that he was not in the room while Jackson was receiving large doses of Propofol, and stopped breathing, but instead on the phone to his girlfriend. Something Murray failed to mention to police when they questioned him on the singer’s death. The prosecution contends had Murray been in the room when Jackson stopped breathing, Jackson might be alive today.
Murray’s attorneys expect to finish presenting their case by Thursday. If Murray is found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter charges, of which he has plead not guilty, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.