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Professor's view on Michael Jackson's death creates rift at Conrad Murray trial

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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray will get their chance to grill a defense expert who told jurors last week that he believes the pop singer gave himself a fatal dose of a powerful anesthetic.

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Dr. Paul White is likely to face tough questions from a prosecutor who was granted extra time to prepare for Monday's trial session.

White is testifying for Dr. Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

The retired anesthesiologist and professor at Stanford University told jurors that he concluded that Jackson must have given himself a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol, which Murray was giving him as a sleep aid.

White says it is the only explanation that fits all the evidence in the case, although another prominent expert has called White's theory "crazy."

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