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Jacko injected fatal dose himself -- expert

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Lawyers for Michael Jackson's doctor dropped the bombshell they had been hinting at for months -- an expert opinion accusing the singer of causing his own death.

Dr Paul White, the defence team's star scientific witness, said Jackson injected himself with a dose of propofol after an initial dose by Dr Conrad Murray wore off. He also calculated that Jackson gave himself another sedative, lorazepam, by taking pills after an infusion of that drug and others by Murray failed to put him to sleep.

That combination of drugs could have had "lethal consequences", the researcher said.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter over Jackson's death in June 2009.

Dr White showed jurors at Los Angeles Superior Court a series of charts and simulations he created in the past two days to support the defence theory.

Struggle

Dr White said he accepted Murray's statement that he administered only 25 milligrams of propofol after a night-long struggle to get Jackson to sleep with sedatives.

"How long would that (propofol) have had an effect on Mr Jackson?" asked defence lawyer Michael Flanagan.

"Ten to 15 minutes max," Dr White said. He then said Jackson could have injected himself with another 25 milligrams during the time Murray has said he left the singer's room.

The case continues.

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