- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Prosecutors have called a police detective who interviewed the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death to introduce a recording of the session for jurors.

The seven-man, five-woman panel is expected to hear the more than two-hour interview conducted with Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday. In the session, Murray disclosed that he had been giving Jackson the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

Detective Scott Smith will introduce the tape Friday and is expected to testify further about the investigation into Murray’s actions at a later date.

The recording has never been played in public before, nor have its exact contents been released.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, he faces up to four years behind bars and the loss of his medical license.

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Prosecutors are expected to play for jurors on Friday a police interview conducted with the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death, during which he lays out his version of events in the final hours of the singer’s life.

The more-than two-hour interview has never been played in public before, nor has a transcript of its contents been released. In it, Dr. Conrad Murray details his treatments on Jackson in the hours before the singer’s death, including his administration of the anesthetic propofol.

The interview was conducted by two Los Angeles police detectives, one of whom, Scott Smith, will introduce the interview for jurors during the trial’s ninth day on Friday, prosecutors have told a judge.

The interview will be played after defense attorney J. Michael Flanagan finishes cross examination of coroner’s toxicologist Dan Anderson. Flanagan questioned whether Anderson focused too much on propofol and should have also considered the effect the sedative lorazepam had on Jackson’s body.

“The propofol in any case that we handle is important, probably more important than many of the other drugs that we deal with,” Anderson said.

On Thursday, Anderson told jurors that propofol was found in various parts of the singer’s body, his blood and urine during an autopsy. The amounts found led coroner’s officials to conclude that Jackson died from acute propofol intoxication, with other sedatives administered by Murray contributing to the singer’s death.

Defense attorneys contend Jackson gave himself the lethal dose after Murray left the room. Flanagan attempted Thursday to get Anderson to say that high levels of the sedative lorazepam found in Jackson’s stomach meant that he swallowed the drug himself.

Anderson told jurors he couldn’t determine that based on the information he had.

On Friday, Flanagan repeatedly asked Anderson to try to draw a connection between the levels of drugs found in Jackson’s system and how they were administered and in what doses. Anderson said it was beyond his expertise.

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