crimesider

Lawyers to highlight positives of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray

Dr. Conrad Murray, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in downtown Los Angeles. Pool,AP Photo/Robyn Beck

Lawyers to highlight positives of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray
Dr. Conrad Murray
CBS/AP

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Attorneys for Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death, plan to shift their case Wednesday to highlight the doctor's positive traits.

Pictures: Who's who in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray
Pictures: Michael Jackson's Doctor Trial
Video: Dr. Conrad Murray manslaughter trial begins

Murray's defense team plans to call up to five character witnesses to testify.

Prosecutors have branded the Houston-based cardiologist as an inept and reckless physician while caring for the pop superstar.

The character witnesses will shift the case away from the investigators and medical professionals Murray's attorneys have called. They've tried to show that Jackson was desperate for sleep and eager to obtain the anesthetic propofol.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, had been giving Jackson propofol in the bedroom of his rented mansion.

Murray's attorneys claim the singer gave himself the lethal dose when the doctor left the room.

Complete coverage of the Conrad Murray - Michael Jackson case on CBS News

  • Edecio Martinez

Comments

Follow Us

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.