Lawyers for Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray say that he now regrets not testifying on his own behalf during his trial for involuntary manslaughter.
Attorney J. Michael Flanagan and Valerie Wass said that they retrieved the message while visiting Murray on the third anniversary of the pop star’s death. He began his four-year jail sentence in the Los Angeles County Jail last November.
During the six-week trial, prosecutors presented evidence proving that Murray negligently administered the surgical anesthetic propofol to Jackson as a sleep aid. They also said the doctor delayed the process of getting emergency responders to Jackson’s home when the star was found unconscious. Prosecutors accused Murray of not notifying medical personnel that he gave Jackson the anesthetic.
Defense lawyers argued that the singer was already addicted to the drug and likely gave himself an extra dose as well as took additional sedatives after Murray administered propofol.
Throughout the trial, Dr. Murray never took the stand. A decision he now tells his attorneys that he regrets.
"Now he says that the biggest mistake he made in the trial of the case was not testifying," Flanagan said. "We had so many gaps in the case that needed to be filled, that could only be supplied by Dr. Murray."