MJ’s self-injection ‘could not have killed him’ claims anaesthesiologist

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2011, 12:45 PM IST

Washington: A leading anaesthesiologist has told jurors in the trial of the manslaughter case of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr Conrad Murray, that it is “extremely unlikely” that the late singer would have caused his own death by swallowing Profopol.

Shafer, who is expected to be the prosecution``s last witness, also told the jurors that the drug cannot enter the bloodstream in a sizeable quantity if it is swallowed.

Based on Murray’s timeline of events, where he says he was away from the pop star for just two minutes, Shafer said that there would not have been sufficient time for Jackson to inject himself.

“The possibility of a direct self-injection seems extremely unlikely,” Contactmusic quoted him as saying.

Shafer showed that the jury that injecting Propofol is a complicated process and said that it was also unlikely because he would’ve been groggy from other drugs administered throughout the night.

“He can’t give himself an injection if he``s asleep,” he said.

“People don’t just wake up from anesthesia hell bent to pick up a syringe and pump it into the IV. It’s a crazy scenario,” he added.

Shafer argued that it was more likely that Murray gave the late singer a higher dose of Propofol than he told the police.

ANI