The manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal doctor, began Tuesday with a shocking photo of the singer's dead body and a recording of his voice slurring through an alleged propofol fog.
Murray arrived with his mother just moments before members of Michael Jackson's family, including parents Katherine and Joe, and sisters Janet and LaToya, pulled up to the courthouse.
Jackson's physician is on trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the singer's June 2009 death.
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, Jackson is heard saying slowly on a recording retrieved from Murray's iPhone with a time stamp of May 10, 2009, nearly a month before his death. I'm taking that money, a million children, children's hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson's Children's Hospital.
This evidence, prosecutors say, demonstrates that Murray knew what he was doing, and the effect it was having on Jackson when he administered the propofol.
This voice recording documents Michael Jackson highly under the influence of unknown agents, prosecutor David Walgren told jurors during his opening statement. It documents Conrad Murray's knowledge of what he is doing to Michael Jackson.
Walgren said Murray pumped Jackson with propofol as part of a lethal cocktail of drugs then abandoned the singer to make calls and return emails the morning of June 25, 2009.
Jackson, 50, died from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol, which he allegedly used frequently to sleep.
If convicted, Murray could face four years in prison along with the loss of his medical license.