DR. Conrad Murray admitted to police that he had provided Michael Jackson a variety of powerful drugs in the hours leading up to the King of Pop's death after the singer complained about his inability to sleep.
The Thriller hitmaker's doctor stands accused of administering the fatal dose of powerful anaesthetic Propofol which cost Jackson his life in 2009.
On the ninth day of his involuntary manslaughter trial, prosecutors played a tape recording of Murray's interview with Los Angeles police detectives, which took place on 27 June, 2009, two days after Jackson's passing, in which he details the series of events surrounding the singer's death.
In the two-hour interrogation, which had never before been heard in public, Murray explains his history with Jackson, revealing he first treated the superstar in 2006 when he and his three children caught a bout of influenza. He continued to treat Jackson on and off, before he was appointed as his personal physician as the King of Pop prepared for his doomed This Is It series of concerts in London.
The most interesting admission in the police interview concerns Murray's own confession stating that he "took all precautions that were available to me" to help put Jackson to rest as he "was unable to sleep naturally".
He reveals that he began administering anxiety drugs Lorazepam and Midazolam to Jackson at around 1.30am on the fateful morning of 25 June, 2009, and continued to do so over the course of the next nine hours. The drugs failed to work so Murray gave the singer a 25-milligram dose of Propofol - the same substance the doctor had been trying to ween Jackson off, admitting, "Michael loved that drug."
The evidence is likely to prove damaging to Murray's case - he has pleaded not guilty to the charge and his defence lawyers argue that Jackson administered the fatal dose himself.
The trial will resume on Tuesday (11Oct11).