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Conrad Murray trial: Jurors hear doctor’s police interview

October 7, 2011 | 12:07 pm

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren at the Conrad Murray trial
Jurors at the trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician began listening Friday to a recording of a police interview with the doctor, Conrad Murray, conducted two days after the pop star's death.

The two-hour recording has never been made public, and Murray's demeanor and exactly what he said to detectives is not known. Murray did acknowledge in the interview giving Jackson propofol, a surgical anesthetic, as a sleep aide, but said the amount he gave was not enough to cause death.

Watch live: Full coverage of Dr. Conrad Murray's trial

Jackson died June 25, 2009, with lethal levels of propofol in his system. A Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective, Scott Smith, testified Friday that a lawyer for the physician phoned police June 27 to arrange a meeting. Investigators had last seen Murray him leaving the hospital where Jackson was pronounced dead. Smith said he and another detective met that day with Murray and his lawyers at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina del Rey.

Murray, 58, faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


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Photo: Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren questions a witness Friday during Dr. Conrad Murray's involuntary-manslaughter trial. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool