Conrad Murray Trial May Be Delayed

5:27 PM PST 10/14/2011 by THR staff
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A witness in the doctor's trial for the murder of Michael Jackson had a death in the family.

The trial of Michael Jackson's former doctor, Conrad Murray, may experience a delay due to a death in the family of the prosecution's last witness. 

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Anesthesiology expert Dr. Steven Shafer was due to testify on the surgical anesthetic propofol is metabolized in the human body after returning from a medical conference in Chicago, but he never made it to the conference because his father died, CNN reports

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Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said Shafer is expected to take the stand for at least a day when he returns from his farther's funeral. 

The Los Angeles County coroner rulled that Jackson's death on June 25, 2009 was caused by "acute propofol intoxication" combined with several sedatives. 

The prosecution has already called a cardiologist, a pharmicist who sent propofol to Murray, a sleep expert as well as the doctor's employees and girlfriends to testify against Murray. 

He may only face house arrest if convicted.

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