Defense to Shift to Doctor’s Positive Traits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson’s death plan to shift their case Wednesday to highlight the physician’s positive traits.

Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team plans to call up to five character witnesses to testify.

Prosecutors have branded the Houston-based cardiologist as an inept and reckless physician while caring for the pop superstar.

The character witnesses will shift the case away from the investigators and medical professionals Murray’s attorneys have called. They’ve tried to show that Jackson was desperate for sleep and eager to obtain the anesthetic propofol.

Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, had been giving Jackson propofol in the bedroom of his rented mansion.

Murray’s attorneys claim the singer gave himself the lethal dose when the doctor left the room.