- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A defense attorney for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death told jurors Thursday the singer caused his own death with an overdose of an anesthetic and his physician shouldn’t be convicted of killing the King of Pop.

“If it was anybody else, would this doctor be here today?” defense attorney Ed Chernoff asked during his closing argument at the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

Chernoff said prosecutors hadn’t proven that Murray committed a crime by giving Jackson doses of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid in the singer’s bedroom.

“They want you to convict Dr. Murray for the actions of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff said.

He urged the jury to closely consider Murray’s lengthy interview with police and said his words show he didn’t give Jackson the deadly dose.

Earlier, during his closing argument, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren projected images of Jackson’s grief-stricken children on a giant screen and told jurors that Murray took away their father.

With Jackson’s mother and siblings watching from the courtroom gallery, Walgren showed a photo of Jackson at his last rehearsal before the picture of the three Jackson children _ Prince, Paris and Blanket _ at their father’s memorial.

He also reminded jurors of the scene in Jackson’s bedroom when Paris came upon Murray frantically trying to revive her lifeless father and screamed, “Daddy!”

“For Michael Jackson’s children this case goes on forever because they do not have a father,” Walgren said. “They do not have a father because of the actions of Conrad Murray.”

The prosecutor repeatedly called Murray’s treatment of Jackson bizarre and said there was no precedent for the cardiologist giving the singer the powerful anesthetic to help him sleep.

Still, Jackson trusted him and that eventually cost the singer his life, Walgren said.

“Conrad Murray looked out for himself and himself alone,” the prosecutor said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty, with his lawyers arguing that Jackson injected the fatal dose when Murray left the singer’s bedroom on June 25, 2009.

Earlier, Walgren, in a carefully structured argument enhanced by video excerpts of witness testimony, spoke of the special relationship between a doctor and patient and said Murray had corrupted it in the treatment of his famous client.

Murray violated his medical oath to do no harm and “acted so recklessly that it caused the death of Michael Jackson,” the prosecutor said.

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