Witnesses vouch for Jackson's physician
A string of defence witnesses vouched for Conrad Murray in court Wednesday in a move by the defence team to counter prosecution arguments that the doctor accused of the manslaughter of Michael Jackson was motivated primarily by greed, DPA reported.
"That man sitting there is the best doctor I've ever seen," said Andrew Guest, a Las Vegas locksmith, while Lunette Smith from San Diego said "I've never had a doctor who was more caring."
Other witnesses testified how Murray would care for them for free and set up a heart-clinic in a poor area of Houston even though it was clearly not lucrative.
The character witnesses were part of a defence plan to counter prosecution claims that Murray was motivated by his 150,000 dollar per month contract with Michael Jackson to acquiesce to the pop star's wishes and administer him the hospital anesthetic propofol for his insomnia, even though this deviated severely from standard medical practice.
The defence is expected to call several scientific experts on Thursday and to wrap up its case before the end of the week.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Jackson in June 2009.
A coroner's report attributed Jackson's death to a cardiac arrest brought on by an accidental overdose of propofol, which is recommended for use only in hospitals under strict supervision.
Murray faces a maximum sentence of four years in jail if convicted.