Conrad Murray won't testify in Michael Jackson trial

Wednesday November 2, 2011

As the trial into Michael Jackson's death draws to a close, the man at the centre of the accusations has revealed he won't take to the stand.

When asked by the judge if he intended to give evidence, Dr Conrad Murray held his hands over his mouth in a praying gesture.

He paused and looked at his lawyers before saying: "My decision is I will not testify in this matter."

After pressing him on whether he understood the repercussions of his decision, the judge concluded that he made his choice "freely and explicitly".

There has been speculation on whether Dr Murray would take to the stand since the defence began their case last week.

On Monday, the medic told the court that he still hadn't made a decision on whether he would testify.

Prosecutors claim that Dr Murray administered the fatal dose of the anaesthetic propofol which killed the king of pop in June 2009. 

More on the trial 

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