Times Colonist

Jackson trial winds down


LOS ANGELES — An expert defence witness suggested on Monday that Michael Jackson could have risen from his bed, picked up a syringe left by his doctor and given himself a fatal dose of a powerful anesthetic in 2009.

But Dr. Paul White, the final witness for the defence in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, also admitted that he would never agree to give propofol to a patient in a bedroom to treat insomnia, as Murray has admitted doing.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to the involuntar­y manslaught­er of Jackson.

Propofol, normally used to sedate patients before surgery, was ruled the chief cause of Jackson’s death.

Murray’s attorneys have argued during the five-weekold trial that Jackson may have “self-administer­ed” propofol.

Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted. The defence was expected to wrap up its case late Monday day or today.

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