January 3rd, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Judge approves residue testing in Jackson doctor's defense

Alan Duke and Stan Wilson

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - The judge in the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray on Wednesday approved a plan to allow defense lawyers to test residue from syringes and an intravenous drip found in pop star Michael Jackson's home after his June 25, 2009, death.

During the court hearing, one of Murray's attorneys, J. Michael Flanagan, alleged that coroner's officials should have done "quantitative" analysis of the items to help determine "the means of who injected Jackson" with the powerful drugs that killed him.

Murray told investigators he injected the singer with sufficient amounts of propofol and to help him sleep the night of his death, but denied administering concentrations found in Jackson's blood cited by investigators, which amounted to levels used in major surgery.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren dismissed the defense attorney's claim, saying that his office has shared everything and never objected to testing the syringes or intravenous drip as long as the coroner followed proper procedures. "The theory that they're running with is Michael Jackson killed himself," said prosecutor Walgren in court.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death, which the Los Angeles County coroner ruled was from an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic used to put surgical patients to sleep, in combination with benzodiazepine, a sedative used to relieve an array of physical and psychological maladies.

The coroner also concluded the evidence did not support the self-administration of propofol.

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