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Jackson death: Coroner investigator to testify in Conrad Murray trial

October 6, 2011 |  6:58 am

Conrad Murray trial Elissa Fleak
This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Attorneys for Michael Jackson's physician were expected to question a coroner's investigator Thursday about evidence at the scene of the singer's death that could bolster their theory that the pop star gave himself the dose of a drug that killed him.

Investigator Elissa Fleak on Wednesday testified that she found an array of medication bottles in Jackson's bedroom, including one empty bottle of the anesthetic propofol, the drug that killed the star.

Later, she said, she found an additional 11 bottles of the milky white substance in another room of Jackson's home.

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At a hearing earlier this year, Michael Flanagan, an attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray, asked Fleak whether a syringe, a needle and the bottle of propofol recovered from the floor of Jackson's bedroom were "within easy reach" of someone lying on the bed.

Fleak responded they were all within a couple of feet of the bed.

During opening statements last week, defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors that scientific evidence would prove that Jackson caused his own death while Murray was out of the room.

There was never a chance for saving his life, the attorney contended.

Attorneys have suggested Jackson may have drunk the propofol, or injected himself with it.

[Updated, 7:35 a.m., Oct. 6: Also expected to take the stand is a detective who interviewed Murray two days after Jackson's death. In the interview, which lasted more than two hours, the doctor first told police he gave Jackson propofol but said it was only a small dose that could not have killed him.]


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-- Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court

Photo: Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren holds a bottle found by Los Angeles County coroner investigator Elissa Fleak, left, during her testimony Wednesday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool