As the prosecution nears the end of its case against Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, one of its witnesses landed several big blows against Murray’s defence.
Alon Steinberg, a cardiologist like Murray, said he had “never heard of anyone using Propofol for sleep except Dr. Murray”. It was one of what he identified as six highly unusual decisions.
“It’s indicated for procedures in patient comfort, not for sleep. That’s extreme deviation from the standard of care,” he said.
The defence has now dropped a claim Jackson swallowed a fatal dose of the anaesthetic, and claims he injected himself.
However Steinberg said putting the drug by Jackson’s bedside was like “leaving a baby on a tabletop.”