Autopsy doctor doubts Jackson caused his own death

Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:51pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson could not have given himself the powerful anesthetic propofol that caused his death in 2009, the doctor who performed the singer's autopsy testified on Tuesday.

Dr. Christopher Rogers told jurors in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray that he determined Jackson's death was a homicide.

Murray has denied involuntary manslaughter but has admitted giving Jackson the anesthetic used for surgery as a sleep aid. However, his attorneys have claimed that Jackson caused his own death by giving himself an extra dose when Murray was out of the room on June 25, 2009.

"The circumstances from my point of view do not support self-administration of propofol," Rogers said.

In addition, Rogers said he did not believe Jackson would have had time to give himself the anesthetic in the two minutes that Murray told police he was out of the room.

Rogers, the Los Angeles county medical examiner, said he believed that a lack of precise dosing equipment in the singer's bedroom meant it would have been easy for Murray to incorrectly estimate how much propofol he had given to the singer.

"The problem that Mr. Jackson was having was that he couldn't sleep, and it's not appropriate to administer propofol in that situation. The risk outweighs the benefit," Rogers said.


<p>Dr. Conrad Murray listens as his attorney Ed Chernoff question a witness in his trial in the death of pop star Michael Jackson in Los Angeles October 11, 2011 . REUTERS/Robyn Beck/Pool</p>