Questions Arise About Jackson's 'Lethal' Dose, Death Timeline
In a Los Angeles Times feature, several medical experts discussed their feelings about the details of the Jackson report, which stated that Dr. Conrad Murray administered 50 milligrams of propofol to Jackson on a nightly basis for some time. Murray told police that on the day Jackson died, he only gave the King of Pop 25 milligrams. Both the 25 and 50 milligram doses are nowhere near enough to kill a person, doctors who spoke with the Times said.
"It doesn't make any sense... I cannot believe that was the number that was given. Such a small amount won't tip anyone over in terms of respiratory depression," Dr. John Dombrowski, a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, told the Times.
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Dombrowski says that there was likely an error either in Murray's description or in the police's understanding of the medical jargon.
Another doctor, Dr. Scott Engwall of UC Irvine's School of Medicine, says that 50 milligrams of propofol is enough to cause someone to sleep for anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, but not enough by any means to be a "lethal" dose. Engwall said in the case of Jackson, who had been taking the drug constantly, might not even doze off from a 50 milligram dose.
"I think it's not unreasonable that there is some part of this picture we still do not know," Engwall told the Times.
According to TMZ, someone of Jackson's body size would need about 400 milligrams of propofol to sleep for 8 hours, which would amount to 16 times the dosage that Murray claims he gave Jackson.
In addition, PEOPLE is reporting that during a search of Jackson's house, other drugs including marijuana and bottles both full and empty of prescription drugs were found.
Also in question is the timeline from the day of Jackson's death that was in the newly-unsealed documents. According to police, Murray found Jackson not breathing around 11 a.m., and did not call 911 until 80 minutes later. In that time, police say he made several phone calls for a total of 47 minutes.
Murray's attorney Ed Chernoff has released a statement disputing the timeline. The statement reads: "Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory. Most egregiously, the timeline reported by law enforcement was not obtained through interviews with Dr. Murray, as was implied by the affidavit. Dr. Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11 a.m. not breathing."
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