Michael Jackson's Doctor Stands Trial For His Death
A pic of MJ's dead body & a tape of his slurred voice has been shown...
The involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray got under way in LA yesterday, as the jury heard how the late King of Pop was "abandoned" by the man who was hired to look after him.
A shocking photo of the Thriller hitmaker laying dead on a hospital trolley was shown at the beginning of Murray's trial, with the 58-year old doctor seeming to wipe tears from his eyes as he heard the evidence.
Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful sedative Propofol, which killed the 50-year old legend. He is said to have given MJ the drug, then left him alone for 45-minutes while he made calls and sent emails.
Addressing the court, prosecutor David Walgren stated: "Conrad Murray abandoned Michael when he needed help. It was Conrad Murray's gross negligence, unskilled hands and desire to obtain this contract that led him to not only abandon his patient, but to abandon all principles of medical care."
Walgren added: "You will learn that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson's doctor directly led to his premature death. Michael Jackson's death was a homicide. He trusted his life to the skills of Conrad Murray."
A chilling tape of Jackson speaking in a some what slurred deep voice was also played at the trial, where the Billie Jean singer can be heard telling Murray that his upcoming This Is It tour would be "phenomenal."
Speaking in May - a month before his death on 25th June 2009 - MJ said: "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'."
Walgren argued to the the court that Michael's slurred speech in the recording proved that he should not have been given any more Propofol doses.
Paul Gongaware from the This Is It tour promotions company then went on to testify at Murray's trail, stating that Michael was also "incoherent" during show rehearsals.
He said: "He was a little bit off. His speech was just very slightly slurred and he was a little slower than I'd known him to be."
Gongaware also alleged that Murray had demand $5million a year to become MJ's physician, before settling for $150,000 a month.
Murray's defence lawyer, Ed Chernoff, claimed that it was Jackson's own actions that lead to his death, stating: "He did an act without his doctor's knowledge, without his doctor's permission, against his orders, he did an act that caused his own death."
He then added that Michael took several pills of the sedative lorazepam on the morning of his death, which combined with the self-ingested Propofol to create "a perfect storm in his body" - killing him instantly. Chernoff told the jury he: "died so rapidly, so instantly, he didn't even have time to close his eyes".
The trial is expected to continue for at least five weeks and if found guilty, Murray could face up to four years in prison.