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When he awoke, Murray said, Jackson told him he felt “divine guidance” had led him to Murray. The infusions of propofol became Murray’s nightly routine. After a time, he said, Jackson told him: “He wanted me to be around forever.”

Murray said Jackson wanted to open a children’s hospital and told Murray he would become the medical director.

His account of the final hours of Jackson’s life will be re-examined by expert witnesses later in the week.

Both Mesereau and Oakes said upcoming scientific testimony will be vital to the case.

“The key question is did he act in a grossly negligent manner and did his actions contribute to the death of Michael Jackson,” said Mesereau. “When the doctor starts blaming the patient, there’s a problem.”