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Conrad Murray trial: D.A. expected to wrap up case Thursday

October 20, 2011 |  8:52 am

Dr. Steve Shafer
The prosecution's star witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, will continue his testimony Thursday in what is expected to be the final day of its involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson's personal physician.

Shafer, an expert on propofol –- the drug that killed Jackson -- testified that the pop star would still be alive today if he had an appropriate doctor-patient relationship with Dr. Conrad Murray.

During testimony on Wednesday, Shafer described Murray's treatment of Jackson as "pharmacological never, never land."

FULL COVERAGE: The Conrad Murray trial

"If the patient should request something that is foolish or dangerous, it is the doctor's obligation to use his medical judgment and say no," Shafer said.

He also said Murray's delay in calling 911 was "completely and utterly inexcusable."

The defense is scheduled to begin presenting its case on Friday. Murray's attorneys contend that Jackson swallowed a handful of sedatives and then injected himself with propofol.

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Photo: Dr. Steven Shafer testifies Wednesday during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Reed Saxon / Pool

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