February 23, 2012 15:07
Conrad Murray: 'Financial stress killed Michael Jackson'
Doctor's lawyers say that singer's fiscal worries contributed to his death
Conrad Murray has claimed that financial stress was the cause of Michael Jackson's death.
Murray was sentenced to four years in jail in Novemer last year after being found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop, but TMZ reports that the doctor has filed new legal documents asking for his sentence to be overturned.
He claims that the judge should have allowed him to present evidence proving that Jackson was so concerned about his finances that he recklessly self-administered a fatal dose of the drug Propofol.
His lawyers say: "Mr. Jackson was in debt approximately $440 million and desperately needed to fulfill a contractual commitment at the O2 arena in London. He was on the verge of losing his entire estate to foreclosure. The pressure to fight through his insomnia, to rehearse and be the entertainer he was in his earlier years was overwhelming."
They go on to add:
His motivation and resulting desperation were relevant to show a likelihood or reason to act in a manner inconsistent with good judgment.
Last month (January 28), Murray asked to be released from jail after launching his appeal. He promised to live with the mother of his child, Nicole Alvarez, if released, and also said he would seek employment and wear an electronic bracelet so his movements can be monitored.
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