Conrad Murray Sings From Jail

By McCarton Ackerman 04/03/13

As Michael Jackson's wrongful death lawsuit goes to trial, the convicted doctor serenades the press.

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Murray sang lines from Nat King Cole's "The
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Dr. Conrad Murray has given his first jailhouse interviews since his 2011 conviction of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, and in the second interview, he broke in to song. Last night, the doctor serenaded Anderson Cooper with lyrics from Nat King Cole's "The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot," which he said tells the story of his own life. Yesterday marked the beginning of the trial in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Jackson's children and mother, accusing concert promoters AEG Live of negligently hiring Murray and contributing to Jackson's death. Murray has once again admitted to administering sedatives (including propofol) to aid with Jackson's insomnia on the night of his death, but said he stands behind his method of care. "My entire approach may not have been an orthodox approach, but my intentions were good," he said, "I did order propofol to his home, but I was not the one that brought propofol into his home. I met him at his own stash. I did not agree with Michael, but Michael felt that it was not an issue... [he] was not the kind of person you can just say 'Put it down' and he's going to do that." Murray claimed not to know that Jackson was an addict or that he had been regularly visiting dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein, where he was "loaded up with humongous levels of Demerol."

Murray also maintained his innocence during a separate CNN interview with Don Lemon on Friday. He declared himself a scapegoat and accused the judge in the trial of bias, as well as the district attorney of tampering with evidence in court. "I have taken the front of the storm for the entire life of a man 50 years old, who has had a monumentally destructive, painful life that has been so damaged it is of huge proportions," said Murray. "Nobody has taken any responsibilities for anything that they may have done to this man but, because I was in the wrong place at the wrong time, then here I am. All I tried to do was to help a friend who I encountered in a devastated state." Murray's expected release date is in late October, unless he is released earlier under jail overcrowding guidelines. The Jackson family lawsuit recently revealed several "smoking gun" emails claiming the promoters pressured Murray to get the late singer ready for his 2009 "This Is It" comeback tour, despite his fragile health. They are seeking damages equivalent to what the singer would have earned over the course of his life had he not died in 2009, which could result in a several billion dollar payout.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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