Michael Jackson's fingerprint not on drug vials, jury told
Michael Jackson's fingerprints were not on syringes, drug vials or other medical evidence taken from his mansion after his death, according to lab results presented in court Thursday during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary-manslaughter trial.
Lawyers for Jackson's physician have contended that the singer gave himself a fatal dose of propofol, but technicians found only a single fingerprint, matching Murray's index finger, on a vial of the anesthetic removed from an intravenous stand at Jackson's bedside.
Fingerprints on another bottle of propofol and two intravenous bags appear to be a mystery.
Those prints did not match the fingers of Murray, Jackson, the singer's security guards, his personal chef or crime-scene investigators, according to a summary of the results read by prosecutors.
Analysts were unable to lift fingerprints from other important pieces of evidence, including nine bottles of propofol, a syringe, IV tubing and vials of sedatives.
Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren read jurors a statement written with defense attorneys that noted that a lack of prints did not mean that the items weren't "touched or handled," only that no usable prints were found.
Murray, 58, faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.
-- Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray reacts to testimony in court. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times