.

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's Doctor Ask Court for Lab Test

Conrad Murray maintains Jackson injected himself with fatal dose of sedative

Dr. Conrad Murray sits in court after he was sentenced for the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson at the Los Angeles Superior Court.
Mario Anzuoni-Pool/Getty Images
July 30, 2012 5:57 PM ET

The doctor convicted of manslaughter last year in the death of Michael Jackson has asked a California appellate court to authorize lab testing on evidence that could call into question his guilt, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A lawyer for Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, asked in a filing Monday that the court order testing of residue on a vial of surgical anesthetic found in the pop star's bedroom.

Prosecutors maintain that the vial, which contained the powerful sedative propofol mixed with the milder numbing agent lidocaine, contained the dose that killed Jackson after Murray administered it to him by intravenous drip. Murray's defense claimed the doctor gave Jackson only a small amount of the mixture, and that the pop star injected himself with a syringe of propofol when Murray was out of the room.

Murray's appellate lawyer said in a court filing Monday that lab testing might indicate how much lidocaine was in the mixture, which could determine which theory was true.

It's the third time lawyers for Murray have asked the court to test the vial. A judge rejected the previous request in November 2011, shortly after Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. The doctor received a four-year sentence and was suspended from practicing medicine while state officials seek to permanently revoke his license. Jackson died on June 25th, 2009.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com