The forensic examiner who performed an autopsy on Michael Jackson told the court on Tuesday afternoon that there was no evidence that the King of Pop gave himself the lethal dose of propofol that killed him.
"The circumstances from my point of view do not support self-administration of propofol," said L.A. County medical examiner Dr. Christopher Rogers, who said that he did not believe that Jackson had enough time to give himself the drug during the two-minute window Dr. Conrad Murray claims he was away from Jackson before finding the star in respiratory arrest.
Dr. Rogers testified that it was likely that Dr. Murray incorrectly estimated how much of the powerful anesthetic he was giving Jackson to induce sleep, as no precision dosing device was found in Jackson's bedroom where he stopped breathing, resulting in the overdose.
"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," said Dr. Rogers.
Dr. Rogers concluded that Jackson's cause of death on June 25, 2009, was "acute propofol intoxication, and the contributing condition was Benzodiazapine effect." He also said that he determined the cause of death to be a homicide.
Dr. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, the 58-year-old cardiologist faces a maximum of four years in jail and the loss of his medical license. Stay tuned to ET for continuing coverage of the Jackson death trial.