The physician who was convicted of aiding in the death of Michael Jackson, Dr. Conrad Murray, now regrets he did not testify at his trial that took place last year. Two of his defense lawyers said this on Monday, after visiting the doctor on the third anniversary of Jackson’s death.
Murray was hired in 2009, as the personal physician of Jackson and last November started serving a jail term of four years after he was found guilty by a jury of involuntary manslaughter.
During his trial of six weeks, prosecutors argued Murray was negligent in his administering of propofol the surgical anesthetic, as a drug to help Jackson sleep and that Murray failed to monitor the use of the drug in Jackson properly.
The prosecutors also gave evidence that the doctor delayed calling for emergency help when Jackson stopped breathing on the night he died. The prosecutors also said Murray did not tell medical personnel that arrived that he had administered propofol.
On Monday, two of Murray’s defense lawyers visited him in jail and said the doctor had started to adapt to living locked up although being innocent.
Murray’s attorneys denied the doctor was guilty, but the doctor never testified at the trial. The decision to not testify is one the doctor now regrets said Valerie Wass his appellate lawyer and co-counsel J. Michael Flanagan.
Flanagan said that Ed Chernoff, the lead attorney for Murray at the trial was convinced that Murray could not testify. Flanagan said he was completely opposed to Chernoff’s opinion, but Murray decided to listen to the advice of Chernoff and not testify. Now Murray’s attorneys say the doctor admits it was the biggest mistake he made at the trial.