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Lawyers for Conrad Murray seek evidence review

July 31, 2012 |  7:22 am

Dr. Conrad Murray is hoping that various pieces of evidence connected to the death of Michael Jackson will be reexamined to help him in an appeal of his case, lawyers for the physician said

Dr. Conrad Murray is hoping that various pieces of evidence connected to the death of Michael Jackson will be reexamined to help him in an appeal of his case, lawyers for the physician said.

Murray last year was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's death, but his lawyers have now requested that the doctor's iPhone and a bottle of propofol be looked at again.

The phone contains a recording Murray made of Jackson sounding drugged and confused. It was one of the most provocative pieces of evidence presented to jurors during the doctor's trial.

The 100-milliliter bottle -- known as Exhibit 30 -- was also a hotly disputed piece of evidence.

Prosecutors allege that Murray had mixed a small amount of another anesthetic, lidocaine, into the propofol vial and attached the bottle to an intravenous drip for Jackson, which ultimately killed the singer on June 25, 2009.

Murray's defense argued that the vial was in a bag of trash and was unrelated to Jackson's death. They maintained that Jackson injected himself with propofol from a syringe when his doctor was not looking.

"If a forensic examination of the residue in Exhibit 30 revealed no lidocaine, it would completely negate [the prosecution expert's] concluding theory ... leaving only the theory of bolus injection just prior to Jackson's death," Valerie Wass, an attorney for Murray, wrote in a filing to the appellate court.

The 58-year-old cardiologist received a four-year sentence but is expected to serve two years in county jail under statewide prison realignment. He was suspended from the practice of medicine, and state officials are moving to revoke his license permanently.

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Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray in court last year. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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