Nightly News | October 27, 2011
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: We're back now with the trial of Michael Jackson 's physician Conrad Murray . His defense team is nearly done presenting the case they hope will sway the jury to come back with a verdict of not guilty on manslaughter charges. Today, there were two final witnesses, both medical experts and the defense presented a portrait of Michael Jackson very different than the star we all saw on stage. Our report tonight from NBC 's Jeff Rossen in Los Angeles .
JEFF ROSSEN reporting: It is Dr. Conrad Murray 's final push and today science was the star. The defense presenting its strongest evidence yet. Dr. Paul White on the stand, the self-described father of propofol. He literally wrote the book on it.
Dr. PAUL WHITE: If, in fact, Murray had administered the drugs that he described in his conversations with the police department and in the doses that he described, I would not have expected Michael Jackson to have died.
ROSSEN: The defense argument that Michael Jackson , a worldwide superstar, was actually a secret drug addict, not only hooked on propofol but painkillers, too, and Dr. Murray had no idea.
Dr. ROBERT WALDMAN (Addiction Specialist): I believe there is evidence that he was dependent upon Demerol .
ROSSEN: And Murray 's lawyers blame another doctor for his addiction, Jackson 's dermatologist Arnold Klein . According to Dr. Klein 's medical records , Jackson received more than 20 injections of Demerol from April to June of 2009 , often getting several shots in a single week, one just three days before his death.
Unidentified Attorney #1: And you would consider this very high use?
Dr. WALDMAN: Very high.
ROSSEN: Dr. Klein has denied the allegations. On cross-examination, the prosecutor fought back.
Unidentified Attorney #2: Are you board certified in addiction medicine ?
Dr. WALDMAN: No.
ROSSEN: They sparred for more than an hour.
Attorney #2: Let me try again. Dr. Waldman , would you diagnose Michael Jackson as addicted to Demerol based strictly on these documents in my hand? Yes or no.
Dr. WALDMAN: Probably not.
ROSSEN: The defense could rest as early as tomorrow with closing arguments Monday. The fate of Dr. Conrad Murray , the legacy of Michael Jackson sitting in the hands of seven men and five women. Jeff Rossen , NBC News, Los Angeles .