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Conrad Murray legal team denies defense strategy reports in Jackson death case

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UPDATE: CNN reports that Murray’s case was assigned to a new judge at today’s procedural hearing. The hearing which was to decide whether Murray’s medical license would be suspended has been postponed.

A representative for Dr. Conrad Murray’s legal team categorically denies TMZ.com’s report over the weekend that the physician plans to argue that Michael Jackson injected himself with a fatal dose of Propofol. “That is in no way indicative of what we are going to be presenting in court,” Miranda Sevcik, a spokesperson for Murray and his attorney Edward Chernoff, tells EW. “I don’t know who [TMZ’s] sources are. They did not name them.” (TMZ cited “multiple sources familiar with the strategy” for its report.)

Murray has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges resulting from Jackson’s death. “What we are saying at this point is that it’s premature to announce what our defense strategy is going to be when we haven’t even gotten to the preliminary hearing yet,” Sevcik added, noting that Murray’s legal strategy will be based on the evidence presented by the prosecution. A brief procedural hearing in the case is expected this afternoon, at which a date will likely be set for a preliminary hearing.