Murray trial continues, defense drops major claim
POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 9:48pm
NBC NEWS — In a surprising move Wednesday lawyers for Dr. Conrad Murray dropped the claim that Michael Jackson may have swallowed Propofol, in effect killing himself.
The flip-flop came after the defense commissioned a study that shows any effect from swallowing Propofol would be trivial.
Testimony continued with a cardiologist from the California medical board who reviewed Jackson's case.
Dr. Alon Steinberg told the court that he found six deviations in care given by Dr. Murray and that those alleged missteps directly contributed to the pop star's death.
"Giving someone Propofol in someone's home unmonitored, without the proper equipment, medical personnel or backup was also an extreme deviation from the standard of care," Dr. Steinberg told the jury.
Under cross examination Dr. Steinberg sparred with the defense, holding firm in his opinion.
"Dr. Murray just spent nine hours trying to get him to sleep and now your telling me he should have awakened him?" asked lawyer Michael Flanagan.
"He shouldn't have been putting him to sleep in the first place. Propofol is not indicated for sleep," Dr. Steinberg countered.
During Tuesday's testimony the medical examiner who performed Jackson's autopsy struck a major blow to the defense's claim that Jackson may have given himself Propofol.
As the prosecution moves closer to winding down it's case, the defense is preparing to begin calling witnesses, but it is unclear if Dr. Murray will take the stand.