- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A defense attorney is continuing his cross-examination of a coroner’s toxicologist who has told jurors autopsy tests found a powerful anesthetic throughout Michael Jackson’s body.

Toxicologist Dan Anderson’s testimony is expected to conclude Friday morning and prosecutors have told a judge they plan to play a recording of Dr. Conrad Murray’s interview with police two days after Jackson’s death.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, revealed during the interview that he had been giving Jackson doses of the anesthetic propofol to try to help him sleep. The disclosure led investigators to search Jackson’s mansion again, where they found bags containing several vials of the drug.

The recording has been summarized by detectives in court filings, but has never been played in public.

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Prosecutors are expected to play for jurors 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. 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.

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

Murray’s police interview two days after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009 is one of the last big pieces of evidence prosecutors have to present against Murray. According to search warrant affidavits, police said Murray detailed his treatments of propofol and other drugs to try to get Jackson to sleep.

The Houston-based cardiologist, who was accompanied by an attorney during the interview, told detectives that he had been trying to wean Jackson off propofol because he was afraid he was addicted. He told the police he had given the singer other sedatives, including lorazepam and midazolam, in the hours before Jackson’s death, but that the singer couldn’t fall asleep.

Murray told the police that he had only left Jackson alone for a couple minutes when he returned around 11 a.m. on June 25, 2009 to find the singer had stopped breathing. Murray’s attorneys have disputed this portion of the timeline and say the doctor returned to find Jackson unresponsive around noon.

In the interview, the physician also told detectives that other doctors had given Jackson propofol as a sleep aid in the past. The singer called it his “milk,” according to descriptions of the interview included in search warrant affidavits.

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