LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson's doctor has defended his use
of the surgical anesthetic propofol to put the entertainer to sleep.
Dr. Conrad Murray also said in a TV interview that he did not tell paramedics he had administered the drug because the amount he
gave Jackson was inconsequential.
Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, gave the interview to NBC's "Today" show days before his conviction.
Murray said he did not feel a need to monitor Jackson constantly
and acknowledged being on the phone outside the singer's bedroom
where he could not see him.
In retrospect he said he probably should have walked away when
Jackson asked for propofol, but he said he would have been
abandoning a friend.
NBC released excerpts of the interview set for broadcast Thursday and Friday.
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