Conrad Murray Tells Lawyers: I Should Have Testified In Michael Jackson Trial

By: CBS News Posted By Samantha Anderson
By: CBS News Posted By Samantha Anderson
FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009  death. Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have asked the judge overseeing his involuntary manslaughter case to sequester the jury, citing coverage of Casey Anthony and plans to allow online online broadcasts of the Jackson case. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, file)

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death. Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray have asked the judge overseeing his involuntary manslaughter case to sequester the jury, citing coverage of Casey Anthony and plans to allow online online broadcasts of the Jackson case. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, file)

(CBS News) The day after the third anniversary of Michael Jackson's death, the physician accused of killing the pop star, Dr. Conrad Murray, reportedly told his lawyers that he wishes he had testified in his own behalf while he was on trial last year.

Murray, who served as Jackson's personal physician in 2009, is serving a four-year jail term after a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

Murray's attorneys visited him at the Los Angeles County jail where he is incarcerated. Attorney J. Michael Flanagan told Reuters that "Murray now realizes that he should have testified," despite that fact that his lead attorney Ed Chernoff insisted that he not take the stand.

"Now, he says that the biggest mistake he made in the trial of the case was not testifying," Flanagan told Reuters. "We had so many gaps in the case that needed to be filled, that could only be supplied by Dr. Murray."

Prosecutors argued that Murray acted in a criminally negligent manner after giving Jackson a powerful dose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid. The defense, however, maintained that Jackson took a deadly dose of propofol after Murray left his bedroom, hours before the singer's death.


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