A new twist in the case of the death of Michael Jackson has surfaced from the defense team of the doctor who is currently facing trial for involuntary manslaughter. Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team plans to suggest that the singer killed himself, a prosecutor said during a hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“I do think it’s clear the defense is operating under the theory that the victim, Michael Jackson, killed himself,” said Deputy District Attorney David Walgren. “They don’t want to say it but that’s the direction in which they are going.”

The statement arose during a hearing in which Murray’s lawyer clashed with a prosecutor over who should test residue that remains from two syringes found in Jackson’s bedroom. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, from what was later discovered in an autopsy to be intoxication resulting from the anesthetic Propofol, as Jackson had complained of insomnia and was in desperate need of sleep. Flanagan told the court that a large amount, nearly 150 milligrams, was found in Jackson’s body, an amount large enough to kill him. However, Dr. Murray only gave him 25 milligrams of the drug, along with other sedatives, to help him sleep. A proposed idea is that during a brief period when Murray left the room, Jackson, perhaps desperate for some sleep, injected himself with more Propofol. According to the attorney, a broken syringe  was found on the bedroom floor in addition to a syringe in an IV. A fingerprint was found on the broken syringe which has yet to be identified.

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