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Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/09/2011

‘Today’ interview: Conrad Murray discusses Michael Jackson’s death, use of propofol


"Today" show co-host Savannah Guthrie sits down with Dr. Conrad Murray. (Carly Segal - CARLY SEGAL/NBC)

Just a few days after being found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the drug-related death of pop star Michael Jackson, Conrad Murray will be featured on a two-day interview on “Today” with Savannah Guthrie.

Of course, Murray filmed this interview before the verdict came down, but if you want to hear the former doctor talk about details of Jackson’s death, the night Jackson died, and the use of propofol, then “Today” is doling the interview out over two parts on Thursday and Friday morning.

“Today” was released excerpts on various topics, including:

* What happened the night Jackson died:

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: How could you really be monitoring Michael Jackson when at the same time you’re making calls, you’re texting, you’re emailing. Were you distracted?

CONRAD MURRAY: No I was not. When I looked at a man who was all night deprived of sleep, who was desperate for sleep, and finally is getting some sleep, am I gonna sit over him, sit around him, tug on his feet, do anything unusual to wake him up? No.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: You walked out of the room to talk on the phone.

CONRAD MURRAY: Absolutely. I wanted him to rest.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: You say you were talking on the phone but you could see him.

CONRAD MURRAY: I could not see him from where I was talking.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: But you could hear him?

CONRAD MURRAY: I would think if he got up and he called to me, I would hear him.

* On why he didn’t call 911 immediately when he saw Jackson was in trouble:

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Why didn’t you call 911 right away ?

CONRAD MURRAY: No one is allowed to come upstairs except for Mr. Jackson. His security is not allowed to enter the house.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: You called his bodyguard. Couldn’t you have said “Call 911, and meet ‘em at the gate?”

CONRAD MURRAY: “Call 911” would still require him to call me back. I don’t think he would do that, and I’m not about to leave a full explanation on the phone.

* And finally, Jackson’s controversial use of propofol

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: To you there’s still nothing wrong with giving propofol in a home setting?

CONRAD MURRAY: I think propofol is not recommended to be given in the home setting, but it is not contraindicated.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: But was it wrong for you to give it in the conditions in which you gave it to Michael Jackson?

CONRAD MURRAY: I looked at my condition with Michael not as I - not as about giving it, but trying to find a method to take away something from him, that I felt he should not have been using on his own.

and later:

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Let’s say he did take this propofol himself.

CONRAD MURRAY: Mm-hmm.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Don’t you bear some responsibility? The propofol is in that room because you prescribed it to him.

CONRAD MURRAY: This is the situation. It’s difficult to think that I met Michael with a situation where he was absolutely having use of that substance long before I got there.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: But own your portion of it.

CONRAD MURRAY: Mm-hmm.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: In terms of your own actions, setting aside whether what he did was right or wrong, whether or not he was an addict, judge your actions alone. Were you right to leave him in a situation where he had the opportunity to inject himself?

CONRAD MURRAY: Well, I’m gonna say, that was not a foreseeable situation. If Mr. Jackson-

S AVANNAH GUTHRIE: It wasn’t?

CONRAD MURRAY: No. Had I known what I know today in retrospect, that Mr. Jackson was an addict, and he had shared that information with me, addicts may behave in a way that is unreasonable and you may consider it.

By  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/09/2011

 
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