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Report says Conrad Murray defense may claim Michael Jackson killed himself; judge assigned in case

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TMZ.com reports that multiple unnamed sources say Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of manslaughter in the singer’s death, will present a legal defense that claims Jackson injected himself with the fatal dose of Propofol after suddenly awakening while the doctor was in the bathroom. Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, could not be reached for comment, but a rep for Murray tells EW the report is not true. “That is in no way indicative of what we are going to be presenting in court,” Miranda Sevcik, a spokesperson for Murray and h Chernoff, tells EW.

Several of Jackon’s family members are expected in court Monday afternoon for a procedural hearing that will set a judge for the case and set a preliminary hearing date. The hearing will also address a medical board request to revoke Murray’s license.

UPDATE, 5:09 p.m. PT: Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has been named as the judge in the trial, according to Reuters, and set a June 14 date to determine a preliminary hearing date and determine whether Dr. Murray will retain his medical license in the state of California.