Murray trial to resume Wednesday after defense reviews lab tests
Testimony in the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician was postponed until Wednesday morning after attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray said they needed time to review a new lab analysis turned over by prosecutors challenging a key defense theory.
Murray's attorneys have told jurors that the pop star swallowed eight tablets of the sedative lorazepam, then injected himself with the anesthetic propofol, causing a "perfect storm" that instantly killed him. Defense attorneys said a test they ordered showed high levels of lorazepam in Jackson's stomach contents supporting that scenario.
A prosecutor said on Monday that those numbers were "artificially inflated" and that the actual level of the drug in the singer's stomach was much lower. Results of a new analysis by the coroner's office was "totally inconsistent" with the defense's contention that Jackson took lorazepam pills, Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren said.
Murray told detectives in an interview that he gave Jackson lorazepam intravenously before injecting him with propofol the morning of his death. The coroner ruled that Jackson died from the sedative propofol, combined with the effect of lorazepam.
Attorneys for Murray protested they would not have time to address the eleventh-hour analysis. They also accused prosecutors of conducting tests in violation of a court order, but later apologized saying that allegation was incorrect.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor delayed proceedings until Wednesday. Testimony already had been canceled Monday because of the death of the father of the prosecution's final witness, Dr. Steven Shafer.
-- Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray listening to testimony last week during his involuntary manslaughter trial in the death of Michael Jackson. Credit: Robyn Beck / Pool