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Jackson doctor defends treatment with propofol
Michael Jackson's doctor defends his use of anesthetic in 'Today' show interview
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' Michael Jackson's doctor has defended his use of the surgical anesthetic propofol to put the entertainer to sleep.

Dr. Conrad Murray also said in a TV interview that he did not tell paramedics he had administered the drug because the amount he gave Jackson was inconsequential.

Murray, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Monday, gave the interview to NBC's "Today" show days before his conviction.

Murray said he did not feel a need to monitor Jackson constantly and acknowledged being on the phone outside the singer's bedroom where he could not see him.

In retrospect he said he probably should have walked away when Jackson asked for propofol. But he said he would have been abandoning a friend.

NBC released excerpts of the interview set for broadcast Thursday and Friday.

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