Last Witness in Conrad Murray's Defense Takes Stand Again Today
The last witness in the defense's case on behalf of Conrad Murray, who is on trial for involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, is expected to wrap up his testimony today. Dr. Paul White is described by KTLA as "one of the world's foremost experts on the surgical anesthetic propofol," which was determined to be the drug that killed the King of Pop. White was expected to counter the prosecution's accusations that Murray gave Jackson a fatal dose of propofol at the singer's request then left Jackson alone, after Jackson allegedly said he needed the drug order to sleep.
Multiple experts for the prosecution have testified that Murray was out of line if he did indeed provide the singer with the drug, and especially if he then left Jackson by his lonesome.
Yesterday, White spent the majority of his time on the stand spelling out his credentials. At the last minute, ABC News reports that the defense revealed that White had created a computer presentation detailing how, exactly, Jackson died.
White's statements haven't formed a clear picture just yet of what the defense hopes he'll be able to accomplish on the stand. According to L.A. Now, White said yesterday that if Murray did leave Jackson alone with a propofol drip, that wouldn't be justifiable.
"Conrad Murray has been accused of infusing a dose of propofol and leaving his patient," said defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan. "Can you justify that?"
"Absolutely not," said White.
But KTLA notes that White said he was confused as to how the accusations had been made that Murray had given Jackson a propofol drip. "I was somewhat perplexed at how a determination has been made that Dr. Murray was infusing propofol," he said. "It wasn't obvious to me, I thought there were questions."