Did years of public ridicule and a fall from grace on the pop charts prompt Michael Jackson to take his own life?

The world may never know, but it’s allegedly the defense fast-talking island MD Conrad Murray will use as he defends himself against allegations that he gave the King of Pop a lethal overdose of the sedative Propofol, leading to the music legend’s stunning death in June 2009.

Murray is expected to go on trial for involuntary manslaughter late next year, but his defense attorney — J. Michael Flanagan — is already busy preparing a defense.

And you’ll never succeed at calling the man unimaginative. According to Flanagan, Murray insists he only gave Jackson 25 milligrams of the drug, even though a much larger amount was found in the pop superstar’s body after an autopsy was performed. The defense will argue that Jackson injected himself with more Propofol on his own, The Associated Press has learned.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of acute Propofol intoxication. A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for Tuesday.

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