A photo of Michael Jackson lying dead in a hospital bed and a shocking audio recording of the singer speaking unintelligibly were presented as evidence at the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray Tuesday.
The photo and audio were part of the opening statement prosecutors made against Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009 death of the king of pop, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Attorney David Walgren showed a photo of Jackson dancing at the Staples Center the night before his death and put the picture next to one of Jackson's lifeless body in a hospital bed.
What happened between that time and approximately 12 hours later when Michael Jackson is dead on June 25, 2009? Walgren asked. What you will learn through the evidence is that what happened during that time frame is that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, directly led to his premature death at the age of 50.
If convicted, Murray, 58, could face four years in prison and lose his medical license.
Walgren also played a recording of the heavily drugged and rambling pop star from about six weeks before his death.
When people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life,' the singer mumbled on a recording that was made on Murray's iPhone.
That is what Conrad Murray is seeing and observing on May 10, 2009, and what does he do with that knowledge and information? On May 12, he orders another shipment of propofol and midazolam, Walgren said.
Jackson was preparing for the 50-night comeback tour This Is It at the time of his death.
We have to be phenomenal... when people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world, he mumbles.
I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital the biggest in the world. Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital, Jackson says in the recording.
As Jackson's slurred voice echoed through the courtroom, his mother, Katherine Jackson, grew tearful. Biting her bottom lip, she removed her glasses to dry her eyes. She was joined in the courtroom by Jackson's father, Joe, and his famous siblings Janet, Latoya, Jermaine and Randy.
Murray, wearing a gray pinstriped suit, cried when his defense attorney, Ed Chernoff, delivered the defense's opening statement.
While Michael Jackson was frustrated because he could not sleep, frustrated because his doctor refused to give him a drug that hepreferred, that he wanted, he did an act without his doctor's knowledge, without his doctor's permission, Chernoff said.
He went on to claim that Jackson took a sedative and the final dose of propofol without Murray's knowledge. The sedative lorazepam coupled with the propofol created a perfect sorm in his body that killed him instantly, Chernoff said.
Jackson died of an overdose of propofol.
When Doctor Murray came into the room and found Michael Jackson, there was no CPR, there was no doctor, no paramedic, no machine that was going to revive Michael Jackson. He died so rapidly, so instantly, he didn't even have time to close his eyes, Chernoff said.
Part of the defense strategy, the Times reported, is, in effect, to put Jackson and his alleged addiction on trial.
The evidence is not going to show you that Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray gave him propofol to sleep. What the evidence is going to show you is that Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray stopped, he said.