After 3 weeks of testimony from prosecution witnesses, Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team will now have a chance this week to counter those claims.
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Dr. Conrad Murray is not expected to take the stand at all during the trial, in which he would have to refute expert testimony and defend his unorthodox medical procedures to prosecutors and jurors.
Experts brought to the stand by the prosecution have denounced Murray’s treatment methods and believe he is largely responsible for the death of former pop star Michael Jackson, whether he was in the room at the time or not.
However, the defense team is lining up experts of their own to try and sway the jurors. Right now, the trial is on hold because the final government witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, is unavailable due to the death of his father.
Dr. Shafer is a Columbia University researcher who helps write the warning labels on Propofol, the anesthetic that killed Jackson. The Murray defense team recently abandoned their theory that MJ administered the fatal dose of Propofol himself.
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Earlier in the trial, Murray’s lawyers were able to get a confession out of coroner investigator Elissa Fleak, admitting she made mistakes during the process of analyzing the crime scene.
The Houston-based doctor faces up to 4 years in prison and permanent loss of medical license for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson.