Defense Drops Claim Jackson Swallowed Fatal Drug Dose

By: AP
By: AP
Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson

Dr. Conrad Murray, right, the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death faces a procedural hearing Monday, Apr. 5, 2010, at the Los Angeles Superior Court downtown Los Angeles. At left is and his attorney John Michael Flanagan. (AP Photo/David McNew, Pool)

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death say the defense is dropping its claim that the superstar swallowed a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol.

Lawyer J. Michael Flanagan said Wednesday that a study commissioned by the defense showed any effect from swallowing
propofol would be trivial.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren and Superior Court Judge
Michael Pastor appeared surprised by the disclosure, which was not
made in front of jurors.

Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff said during opening statements
on Sept. 27 that his team would try to show that Jackson gave
himself the fatal dose of propofol.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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