Medical Expert Continues to Shred Dr. Conrad Murray
It’s looking more and more like Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team is going to need a miracle to get their client off the hook in the death of Michael Jackson.
While Murray didn’t mean to kill anyone, the charge is involuntary manslaughter, and expert after expert continues to make the case that he’s responsible.
The prosecution’s star witness said yesterday that Murray gave Jackson higher dosages of drugs than he told detectives, and that’s not even the worst part.
Apparently, the anesthetic Propofol was still being fueled into Michael’s veins as he passed. Jackson “died, but with the infusion running,” Dr. Steven Shafer testified.
Throughout the day, Shafer – who previously listed 17 reasons Michael died as a result of Murray’s care – used charts and demonstrations to emphasize his point.
In turn, he shredded Murray’s medical care and the implausibility of defense suggestions that MJ gave himself an overdose of propofol or the sedative Lorazepam.
Instead, Shafer says Murray took his eyes off Jackson more than long enough to miss seeing Jackson’s lungs become depleted and his heart stop beating.
Phone records and testimony suggest Murray was on the phone that day, and likely for much longer than the two-minute window Murray described to police.
“Had Conrad Murray been with Michael Jackson during this period, he would have seen the slowed breathing and the compromise in the flow of air into Michael Jackson’s lungs, and he could have easily turned off the Propofol,” Shafer says.
The defense has yet to present its case, but after nearly four weeks of trial, spectators, legal pundits and fans suggest the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has secured an involuntary manslaughter conviction against Murray.
Fans applauded the prosecution team as it entered the courtroom.
The defense is expected to begin presenting its own witnesses Friday, including its own anesthesia expert, Dr. Paul White, a longtime colleague of Shafer’s.