Conrad Murray guilty even if Jackson injected himself, D.A. says
Even if Michael Jackson injected himself with the anesthetic that killed him, his personal physician was just as guilty of causing the pop star’s death, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday in closing arguments.
Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren said Dr. Conrad Murray’s own words should be proof of the physician’s guilt. Based on Murray’s statement to detectives that Jackson liked to “push” the drug propofol himself, he should have known the singer injecting himself was a likely consequence of leaving the star’s beside, Walgren said.
"If you believe that theory, Conrad Murray told you in his own words that it is a foreseeable consequence and that he is guilty,” the prosecutor said.
Walgren said Murray also revealed his “guilty conscience” in the moments following Jackson’s death when he hid from paramedics and emergency doctors the fact that he injected the singer with propofol.
“That is Conrad Murray knowing full well what caused Michael Jackson’s death,” Walgren said. “That is consciousness of guilt showing the defendant knew what had transpired, he knew of his guilt, and he was intentionally giving false and misleading statements.”
The prosecutor also highlighted the voice recording of Jackson found on Murray’s personal phone, describing it as “the tragic, sad voice of Michael Jackson in some sort of drug-induced, slurred stupor.”
The tape, recorded a month and a half before the star’s death, showed Murray knew as early as then what effects the nightly infusions of the drug were doing to Jackson, Walgren said.
“After hearing this voice, after hearing Michael Jackson in this condition, what does Conrad Murray do? He orders the largest shipment of propofol,” the prosecutor said.
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray in court. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA/pool