Defense Says Jackson Killed Himself with Drugs

September 27, 2011 - 2:20 PM
Michael Jackson Doctor

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death. A judge ruled that attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death cannot play footage of the singer's news conference promoting his final concerts for jurors. The judge's ruling is among his final in preparation for opening statements in the case on Tuesday Sept. 27,2011. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawyer for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death says the singer caused his own death.

Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors Tuesday hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Conrad Murray that Jackson swallowed several lorazepam pills on the morning of his death and that was enough to put people to sleep.

He claimed Jackson also self-ingested the anesthetic propofol.

He says Jackson created a "perfect storm in his body" that killed him instantly.

He also told jurors their job is not to determine whether the physician is a good doctor or not.

Chernoff's remarks came after more than an hour of opening statements by prosecutors who laid out their case against the Houston-based cardiologist.