Prosecuting attorney David Walgren revealed a picture of Jackson's dead body lying in the hospital bed and also played the obviously slurring voice record on May 10, 2009, just weeks before 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,'" a slow and slurred voice, which was recognized as Jackson's, said. Photo: REUTERS Walgren said Jackson was affected by an unknown substance almost six weeks before his death. The singer's "misplaced trust in Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life," Walgren said. Photo: REUTERS However, defense attorneys said Jackson is to be blamed for his own death because the singer took the drug himself to enable him to sleep, after Murray left his room, in spite of Murray warning him not to do so.
According to defense attorney Ed Chernoff, the King of Pop wanted to regain his fame desperately but was badly in need of rest to prepare for his upcoming comeback concerts. Photo: Reuters The prosecutor said Murray severely misused a powerful anesthetic as a sleep aid, which led Jackson to mistake it as "milk" and request for it. The doctor was shipped more than four gallons of the anesthetic, when he was working for Jackson. Photo: REUTERS/CNN/Pool Chernoff claimed that on the morning of Jackson's death he swallowed several pills of the sedative lorazepam, which was enough to put six people to sleep. After that, "he died so rapidly, so instantly, he didn't even have time to close his eyes," Chernoff said in opening arguments.
"What we will hear is that Dr. Murray provided propofol for two months to Michael Jackson for sleep," Chernoff said. "During those two months, Michael Jackson slept. He woke up and he lived his life."
"The evidence will not show you that Michael Jackson died because Dr. Murray gave him propofol. The evidence is going to show you Michael Jackson died when Dr. Murray stopped," the attorney said. Murray had tried to wean Jackson off of the propofol and changed another sleep aid for him. Photo: REUTERS Meanwhile, Walgren mentioned about the fee Murry was to get. At first the doctor had asked for $5 million, but settled for $150,000 a month later.
"There was no doctor-patient relationship," Walgren said. "... What existed here was an employer-employee relationship. He was not working for the health of Michael Jackson. Dr. Murray was working for a fee of $150,000." But Chernoff argued that Murray had treated indigent patients for free. Photo: REUTERS Kenny Ortega, the renowned choreographer and director, is the first witness to take the stand in the trial.
Ortega said he was worried about Jackson's health and his doctor's conduct. When Jackson rehearsed before his death, he was too ill to dance. "Michael seemed chilled, lost and incoherent," Ortega said.
"I was feeding him, wrapping him in blankets to warm his chills, massaging his feet to calm him and calling his doctor," Ortega wrote in an email to concert promoters hours later. "It broke my heart. He was like a lost boy ... He is terribly frightened it is all going to go away," Ortega wrote in the email. Photo: REUTERS However, four days later, Jackson was back "full of energy, full of desire to work, full of enthusiasm," Ortega said. They had good rehearsals on June 24, but on June 25, the director and choreographer received the sad news of Jackson's death. Photo: REUTERS/David McNew The trial is scheduled to last about five weeks. If convicted, Murray could serve a sentence of up to four years in prison and also lose his medical license. Photo: Reuters Jackson's family, including his parents Joseph and Katherine, sisters LaToya and Janet, and brothers Jermaine, Randy and Tito, were present in the court on Tuesday. Photo: REUTERS The singer's loyal fans from far and near also went and assembled outside the courthouse, waving signs and Jackson's photos. Some read psalms, some handed out sunflowers, some chanted "Justice for Michael," to express their love for the singer.
"I experienced insomnia last night," One of the fans Erin Jacobs said. "I have been a fan my whole life. This is my passion, to work for Michael." Photo: REUTERS
The trial of Conrad Murray, the iconic pop singer Michael Jackson's personal doctor who has been
charged with involuntary manslaughter, started on Tuesday. The image of Jackson's dead body and a voice recording of his slurred speech before his death were released to the jury.
During the opening statement, prosecutors portrayed Murray as an incompetent physician and a reckless caretaker of Jackson for he had purportedly given Jackson an overdose of lethal anesthetic without adequate safeguards and left the singer abandoned and dying.
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