Dr. Conrad Murray Claims Michael Jackson Gave Self Fatal Dose

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The doctor accused of causing Michael Jackson's death is reportedly saying that the superstar overdosed on his own.

Sources told TMZ.com that Dr. Conrad Murray's legal defense will be that Jackson gave himself a fatal dose of the sedative Propofol when Murray stepped out of the room for two minutes to use the bathroom.

Murray admits that he gave Jackson 25 mg of Propofol - about an eighth of a bottle - about 10:50 a.m. He says he stayed in the room for the next hour while Jackson slept.

During his brief absence at about noon, the defense will argue that Jackson awakened suddenly and in frustration at his inability to sleep, took the rest of the Propofol bottle through an intravenous line causing a massive overdose that triggered a heart attack.

Murray then walked back into the room, the defense will say, and tried to administer CPR. Murray's lawyers will argue that Jackson was a long-time Propofol addict.

Pictures from the Los Angeles Coroner's office show an empty Propofol bottle under the table next to Jackson's bed. While law enforcement believes Murray hid bottles of the drug before the paramedics arrived, Murray's defense will be that if Murray was attempting to hide evidence, he would have removed the empty bottle that was found under the nightstand, TMZ said.