The prosecution only has three more witnesses left. The defense could begin calling witnesses as early as next week, and the defense's case could be three days or more if Conrad Murray takes the witness stand.
This means the defense could wrap as early as next week sending the case to the jury for deliberation. The state has three expert witnesses and will likely call them in this order:
1. A cardiologist
2. A pulmonary sleep expert
3. An Anesthesiologist/Pharmacologist
The cardiologist is expected to testify about the normal standard of care required of a cardiologist in the medical industry.
The pulmonary sleep expert could testify about how insomnia is usually treated.
Also coming up will be anesthesiologist Dr. Steven Shafer who will testify as to the standards that are set for the use of propofol and how Murray allegedly violated those rules. Dr. Shafer is expected to echo the sentiments of medical examiner Dr. Christopher Rogers who testified Tuesday. Dr. Rogers wrote in his autopsy report that the standard of care for administering propofol was not met, because the recommended equipment for patient monitoring, precision dosing, and resuscitation was not present.
The attorneys in the Dr. Murray trial have been instructed to return to the courtroom at 11:30 ET/8:30 PT on Wednesday morning. At that time, they will confer with Judge Michael Pastor about upcoming prosecution witness Dr. Shafer.
Judge Pastor said, “At 8:30, we’re going to flush out an issue regarding certain aspects of Dr. Shafer’s testimony.”
The issue according to sidebar transcripts is about prosecutor David Walgren’s request to not hold court on Friday due to a conflict of Dr. Shafer’s schedule. Dr. Shafer is set to receive an award at a conference for the American Society of Anesthesiologists that starts Friday in Chicago.