- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A doctor has told jurors that Michael Jackson asked him about intravenous sleep medications roughly two months before the pop superstar’s death.

Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray called Dr. Allan Metzger to testify Monday.

Metzger told jurors he knew Jackson had difficulty sleeping for at least 15 years before Jackson’s June 2009 death.

Metzger told jurors that he didn’t provide Jackson with any IV medication, and that he warned the singer that IV anesthetics should never be administered outside a hospital setting.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Authorities contend Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Defense attorneys for the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson began their case Monday after prosecutors presented a portrait of the physician as the inept, distracted engineer of the King of Pop’s death.

Among the first defense witnesses were Dan Myers and Orlando Martinez _ two Los Angeles police detectives who worked on the Jackson case.

Defense attorney Nareg Gourjian asked both about statements given by Jackson’s bodyguard Alberto Alvarez, who previously testified that defendant Dr. Conrad Murray told him to place some medical equipment and vials in a bag before calling 911.

The defense has contended that Alvarez may have changed his story to fit details released by coroner’s officials.

The lawyers also noted previously that the bodyguard did not mention that Murray told him to place the items in a bag until more than two months after Jackson’s death.

The first defense witness was Dona Norris, a records custodian for the Beverly Hills Police Department, who identified time stamps on records of the 911 call received on the day Jackson died.

The lawyers also questioned Alexander Supall, a Los Angeles Police Department surveillance expert who retrieved grainy surveillance footage shot outside Jackson’s home on the day of his death.

Supall, told jurors he only collected a few minutes of footage taken around the time Jackson arrived home after a June 25, 2009, rehearsal for his comeback concerts.

The defense, in a conference at the judge’s bench, made a routine motion for a directed verdict of acquittal for Murray, but it was not argued and the judge rejected it, saying he would allow the jury to decide the case.

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