According to lawyers for Michal Jackson’s for physician Dr. Conrad Murray, the King of Pop may have committed suicide over his financial woes. Murray’s legal team made the shocking claim at a recent pre-trial hearing on Wednesday, April 6.
Defense lawyer Ed Chernoff says his client was not responsible for the pop superstar’s death in 2009. In contrary he states that Jackson was so upset about the state of his finances he took his own life. Dr. Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter and pleaded not guilty, has requested the judge permission to see the late star’s financial records to prove his case.
“The crux of the defense is going to be that Michael Jackson engaged in a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his death. We believe at the time Michael Jackson died he was a desperate man in relation to his financial affairs,” Murrays team tells Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren has opposed the idea, insisting the defence is simply staging “an irrelevant sideshow” aimed at distracting the jury from the key issue of the trial – the prosecutors have accused Murray of acting with gross negligence and administering the anaesthetic which killed Jackson.
Attorney Howard Weitzman, who was representing the late pop star’s estate in court, has opposed the request for financial records. The judge refused to grant the request, calling it “major deep sea fishing.”