Did Michael Jackson Commit Suicide?
Dr. Conrad Murray's attorney has implied MJ feared financial ruin...
A defence lawyer for Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, has insisted his client did not contribute the MJ's death, implying the legendary singer "committed suicide" after becoming worried about his finances.
According to Billboard, statements from Murray's attorney, Edward Chernoff, have been released during a pre-trial hearing, where the defence has asked to see Michael's financial records.
Murray is due to stand trial for the King of Pop's death and has already entered the plea of not guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges.
At the hearing, Chernoff is said to have told Superior Court Judge, Michael Pastor: "The crux of the defence is going to be that Michael Jackson engaged in a desperate act and took desperate measures that caused his death,"
He continued: "We believe at the time Michael Jackson died he was a desperate man in relation to his financial affairs."
Deputy District Attorney, David Walgren, then allegedly accused the defence of using Jackson's financial situation to "distract" from the trials main aims - to see if Murray acted with gross negligence when giving the singer Propofol and various other sedatives.
Walgren stated: "This is an irrelevant sideshow designed to take issues away from the jury and smear Michael Jackson,"
Howard Weitzman, who is a representative for the Thriller hitmakers estate, slammed the request for Jackson's financial records, stating; "Is the theory that Michael Jackson committed suicide, took his own life? I don't think that's a saleable theory."
It is thought that the judge has refused the defence's request to see the star's financial papers, with further opening statements from the case due to be heard next month.