Jackson case syringes not tested

Jackson case syringes not tested


Dr Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death

Lawyers representing the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death have asked a judge to order testing on two syringes and an IV bag found in the pop singer’s home that they say are rapidly deteriorating.

The request comes after more than a month of private meetings between defence lawyers, prosecutors and the judge to try to reach an agreement about the testing.

Dr Conrad Murray’s defence team has expressed urgency, saying fluids in the items are deteriorating rapidly and have become “salt” in one of the syringes.

The tests they are seeking may determine the quantities of drugs in the items, which the cardiologist’s lawyers say could be crucial information during trial.

Attorney J Michael Flanagan said he submitted a motion on Wednesday asking a judge to order the testing after being unable to reach an agreement with prosecutors about the syringes. “We are running out of time,” Flanagan said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death in June 2009 at age 50. Authorities say he gave the singer a lethal dose of sedatives, including the anesthetic propofol and painkiller lidocaine.

Prosecutors have refused to agree to a testing plan. “We don’t think it is relevant,” prosecutor David Walgren said, according to a transcript.

Court transcripts show that Murray’s defence team, prosecutors and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor have spoken in chambers three times about the syringes and testing.

Transcripts from the meetings show Murray’s team is willing to have the items tested by the Los Angeles coroner’s office. The fluids have degraded and it remained unknown whether the proposed testing will yield useful information, according to the transcripts.

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