Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Regrets Not Testifying at Trial

Conrad Murray found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last November

Dr. Conrad Murray at the Los Angeles Superior Court
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June 26, 2012 9:55 AM ET

Michael Jackson's former physician Dr. Conrad Murray now regrets not testifying at his trial over the death of the pop star, reports Reuters. Two of Murray's lawyers, attorney and co-counsel J. Michael Flanagan and appellate lawyer Valerie Wass, have revealed the doctor now feels he should have appeared on the witness stand in his defense during the trial.

Flanagan said Murray declined to take the stand at the advice of his lead trial attorney, Ed Chernoff, though Flanagan disagreed. Flanagan also claimed that because Murray was the only person with Jackson in the last hours of the singer's life, he could provide the proper insight into that crucial time. "Now he says that the biggest mistake he made in the trial of the case was not testifying," said Flanagan. "We had so many gaps in the case that needed to be filled, that could only be supplied by Dr. Murray."

Flanagan noted that if there were to be a retrial, the defense would attempt to put Murray on the stand. In February, Murray filed an appeal for his case, following his conviction of involuntary manslaughter last November. Murray is currently incarcerated at a Los Angeles County Jail while serving a four-year sentence.

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