Lawyer: Conrad Murray Did Not Kill Michael Jackson
Ed Chernoff, the high-powered lawyer for Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, blasted media reports that his client tried to hide evidence and delayed calling for help on the day the King of Pop died last June.
“It’s just a bold-faced lie,” Chernoff said. “[The] doctor called 911 as soon as he could. Let me just say, unequivocally, he did not he was not cleaning up any bottles. The scene was not consistent with anyone trying to clean something up.”
Murray appeared in court Monday (Apr. 5) for a preliminary hearing.
Chernoff claimed in an interview this morning (Apr. 6) with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that investigators rushed to blame Murray in the star’s death.
Chernoff seemed to be setting up an O. J. Simpson style defense, in which he will blame police for an incompetent investigation.
Lawyers successfully defended Simpson in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and friend Ron Goldman, by claiming police botched the investigation.
Murray is charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly administering a lethal dose of hospital anesthetic Propofol as a sleep sedative. The drug has no legitimate use as a sleep aid.
He pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in February, and could face up to four years in prison, if convicted. Jackson family members blame him for the singer’s death.
“Let’s say that this extremely famous, worldwide personality like Michael Jackson was found dead under unusual circumstances such as this,” he said.
And the police came out and said, ‘We’ve investigated and we just, we can’t really put the blame on anybody at this point.’
“What do you think would happen then?” Chernoff said.
“I think there was a tremendous amount of pressure to find somebody to blame. I think that was Dr. Murray. I think, my personal opinion, a conclusion was made and the investigation was conducted in order to back it up,” he added.
“If the prosecution’s theory is that Dr. Murray injected a bunch of drugs into Michael Jackson, walked out of the room and he died as a result, that’s absolutely false,” he said. “Dr. Murray is not guilty of causing the death of Michael Jackson. Period.”