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Witness: Jackson doctor caused singer's death
Expert witness says Jackson's doctor caused singer's death by violating standard of care
By The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) ' A medical expert has told jurors hearing the case against Michael Jackson's doctor that the physician's repeated and flagrant violations of the standard of care involving a powerful anesthetic led to the singer's death.

Dr. Steven Shafer testified Wednesday that the lack of proper medical equipment and the absence of notes and medical records by Dr. Conrad Murray, along with a breakdown of the patient-doctor relationship as factors involved in the death of the King of Pop.

Shafer said Murray was acting more like Jackson's employee than a physician who should have rejected the singer's requests for the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

The Houston-based cardiologist has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and his attorneys will begin presenting their case on Friday.

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