Oct 27, 2010 5:20 PM by Andrea Babin
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Defense lawyers for the doctor charged in
Michael Jackson's death are urgently seeking testing of two
syringes and an IV bag found in the singer's mansion.
The lawyers are claiming some evidence has already deteriorated
after the June 2009 death of Jackson.
Attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray detailed the state of the items
Tuesday in a 40-minute closed session with a judge.
A transcript of the meeting obtained by The Associated Press
includes assertions by the cardiologist's attorneys that the liquid
in one of the syringes has turned to salt.
The attorneys were seeking an order allowing a specialist to try
to determine the quantities of substances in two syringes and the
Judge Michael Pastor refused after prosecutors said they weren't
made aware of the request for evidence testing until immediately
before Tuesday's hearing.
The testing requested by the defense will destroy the substances
and can only be done once.
Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the
pop superstar's drug overdose death.