If Michael Jackson died from lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol, then his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, would have had to inject much more of the drug than he reportedly told police, medical experts said.
That opinion is based on court records unsealed in Houston on Monday in which Los Angeles police detectives recount Murray’s statement, taken in a three-hour interview two days after the pop star’s death.
According to the records, Murray told them that he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams of propofol each night over a six-week period. Murray told police that he had been trying to wean Jackson off the powerful anesthetic and, on the night of his death, gave him a combination of other sedatives — until finally succumbing to Jackson’s repeated demands for propofol.
According to the documents, Murray then gave Jackson 25 milligrams of propofol. But those amounts — 25 and 50 milligrams — are far below the dosage required to anesthesize someone and keep them asleep, several experts said.