According to the Associated Press, the defense for Dr. Conrad Murray facing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death will suggest that the king of pop killed himself, a prosecutor said during a hearing Wednesday.

Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said, “I do think it’s clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself. They don’t want to say it but that’s the direction in which they are going.”

A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin January 4th, and after that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor will decide if there is sufficient evidence to hold Murray for trial.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of mainly acute Propofol intoxication.

Defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan told Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor that a huge amount of the anesthetic Propofol, which possibly amounted to 150 milligrams, would have had to be originally present in Jackson’s body to reach the level that killed him. He also noted that Dr. Murray has said he gave him only 25 milligrams of the drug along with small amounts of benzodiazepines, sedative drugs, in order to help him sleep. It’s been suggested that during a brief period when Murray left the room Jackson, being desperate for sleep, could have injected himself with more of the Propofol.

Flanagan commented that a broken syringe was found on the bedroom floor in addition to a syringe in an intravenous medication bag but a fingerprint found on the broken syringe hasn’t been identified.

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Eiko Watanabe is a Blast staff writer in New York

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