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Doctor says Michael Jackson couldn’t have killed himself


Michael Jackson could not have caused his own death by self-administering a powerful sedative, the medic who carried out his autopsy said today, as a graphic photo of the star’s corpse was released.

Christopher Rogers, who examined the King of Pop’s body after his June 2009 death, said it was more likely that Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray mistakenly gave him too much of the drug propofol to try to help him sleep.

“The circumstances from my point of view do not support self-administration of propofol,” Rogers told the Los Angeles court as Murray’s manslaughter trial entered its third week.

Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter by giving Jackson an overdose of propofol. His lawyers claim Jackson was a desperate addict who gave himself a fatal extra dose while Murray was out of the room.

The doctor told police, in an interview heard in court last week, that he was away from Jackson’s bed for only two minutes on June 25, 2009, to go to the bathroom, and returned to find the singer not breathing.

Rogers said that in such a short time Jackson, already heavily sedated, would not have been able to inject more propofol via an intravenous (IV) tube in his leg fast enough for it to stop his breathing before Murray returned.

“To me that scenario seems less reasonable,” Rogers told the court, adding that he believed Murray simply got the dosage of propofol wrong while trying to keep Jackson asleep.

Murray has admitted to giving Jackson 25 milligrams of the drug, a clinical anesthetic the star called “milk” to help him sleep, and would have had to give regular extra doses to keep the singer unconscious.

But Rogers noted that Murray had no accurate equipment, such as an IV pump, to check the doses being administered.

“Essentially, the doctor would be estimating how much propofol he was giving,” he said.


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고 마이클 잭슨, 검시 사진 공개 `앙상한 몸매 안쓰러워`

고 마이클 잭슨의 검시 당시 사진이 공개돼 화제다.

미국의 연예매체 TMZ는 11일(현지시각) "마이클 잭슨 검시 사진"이라는 제목의 글과 함께 사진이 게재됐다.

공개된 사진에서 마이클 잭슨은 뼈만 앙상하게 남은 마른 모습이다. 죽은 직후 사인을 밝히기 위해 미국 검찰이 사진을 찍었으며 검시를 위해 탈의한 상태다. 왼쪽 손 옆에는 그가 사망한 날인 2009-08-25가 적혀 있다.

한편 잭슨에게 과도한 프로포폴을 처방해 사망에 이르게 한 혐의로 주치의 콘래드 머레이가 기소됐다.

지난달 이와 관련한 첫 공판이 열렸다. 검찰은 잭슨의 주치의 콘래드 머레이에게 "잭슨이 사인은 과도한 약물 투여였다. 의사로서 지켜야 할 의무를 다하지 않은 주치의는 유죄다"고 주장했다.

또한 "잭슨이 의식을 잃은 뒤 적절한 응급조치를 하지 않은 점, 응급실에 실려간 뒤 의료진에게 수명 마취제인 프로포폴 약물 복용 여부를 설명하지 않은 점"등도 설명했다.

하지만 콘래드 머레이의 변호인단은 "프로포폴은 불면증 치료를 위해 처방되는 흔한 약물이다. 잭슨에게 약물을 끊도록 조연했지만 듣지 않았다"고 말했다.
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