Michael Jackson wrongful-death trial: Defense rests its case

September 18, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Michael Jackson wrongful death trial is finally coming to a head. The defense has rested its case. The jury could begin deliberations as early as next week.

Four months before Jackson's death, the star phoned a doctor who had been his primary physician for 27 years. A physician who, according to Jackson's former wife Debbie Rowe, was the only doctor that really cared about him.

In a video deposition, Dr. Allan Metzger told jurors Jackson said he had a lot to prove. He wanted to restore his image after he was acquitted of child molestation charges and show that he was still the king of pop.

"I think it was more of an anxiety call," said Metzger. "He needed to do a lot of perfectionizing. He wanted it to be something that had never been done before and it had to be great. So he had a lot of pressure on himself from himself."

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson claim it was AEG Live that pressured Jackson, allleging that is why he called on Dr. Conrad Murray to administer the anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. The plaintiffs assert that up until this time Jackson was fine.

"He was great. He was a little more boisterous than his usual quiet self. He said he was doing beautifully and happily," said Metzger.

Yet Metzger testified about making a house call on April 18, 2009, two months before Jackson's death. Jackson inquired about sleep medications.

"He wanted some intravenous medicine that would put him to sleep," said Metzger.

Metzger says he lectured Jackson, telling him the potential consequences were life-threatening.

"I tried to let him know he's got to find a safe way and that I know he's going to have terrible problems," said Metzger.

The doctor's visit came a day before Jackson asked health practitioner Cherilyn Lee to find him someone to administer propofol. She refused.

According to evidence submitted in court, it was within the same week that Murray began his nightly infusions of the anesthetic, which would later cause the singer's overdose death.

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