Posted: Oct 12, 2011 1:44 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
LOS ANGELES (AP) - It may mark a big shift in the defense strategy for lawyers representing Michael Jackson's doctor.
They've told a judge in Los Angeles today that they won't be trying to show that Jackson swallowed a fatal dose of an anesthetic while the doctor wasn't looking. They say they've commissioned a study that found that a person taking the drug orally wouldn't see much of an impact.
It's not clear if they'll still try to argue that Jackson might have injected himself with the anesthetic.
During opening statements, a defense attorney had said that his team would try to show that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of propofol.
In recent days, the defense has been focusing some of its questions toward prosecution witnesses on the effect that a sedative, lorazepam, might have had on Jackson. It was detected in his stomach after he died.
Prosecutors are in the final stages of their case against Dr. Conrad Murray, who had pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.