Los Angeles, Calif. – On Tuesday, the Michael Jackson manslaughter trial began with the prosecution pulling no punches commencing opening arguments with a disturbing image of the King of Pop on his death bed.
Prosecutor David Walgren used the graphic image of Jackson’s body on a gurney saying the superstar trusted his well being to his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who’s accused of administering a lethal dose of propofol – a powerful anesthetic – to Jackson. On a split screen the image was seen with one of Jackson only a day before as he appeared energetic and healthy, rehearsing for his final concert tour.
Walgren told the jury that Murray acted with gross negligence and incompetence as he cared for Jackson who was paying him $150,000 to prepare him for his last world tour entitled ‘This Is It.’
Murray is also accused of lying to a pharmacist to obtain massive amounts of propofol, allegedly saying he had a clinic in Santa Monica – which was untrue.
The prosecution also played an unnerving audio recording that was recorded on Murray’s iPhone, in which the voice of Jackson can be heard slurring words and saying, he wanted to make a large amount of money on his upcoming tour to open a children’s hospital. The recording was made in May 2009, therefore, Walgren argued Murray knew Jackson was experiencing serious issues not long before his death.
To watch video regarding the recording, click here.
In addition, Walgren said that at one point, Kenny Ortega, a choreographer who was in charge of Jackson’s tour, expressed concerns about the singer and was told by Murray that Jackson was fine, noting “I am the doctor.”
To see more photos used by the prosecution at the trial regarding Michael Jackson’s death, click here.
On the day Jackson died, the prosecution claims he arrived at home around 1:00 a.m. after rehearsing for his upcoming tour and had trouble sleeping, thus Murray allegedly administered several different drugs to him – including propofol – to help him get to sleep.
It was not until about 11:51 a.m. that morning, said Walgren, that Murray determined something was wrong with Jackson and called bodyguard Alberto Alvarez for help. He told Alvarez to conceal bottles of propofol and other types of evidence in a blue bag, the prosecutor noted.
At about 12:20 p.m., 911 was called and by the time they arrived at Jackson’s home, he was dead, according to Walgren.
Murray allegedly failed to inform emergency services personnel that he gave Jackson propofol, despite the fact they had asked him for information regarding any drugs in the singer’s system. In addition, once at the hospital, doctors also asked Murray about any substances administered and once again, he is accused of failing to inform them Jackson had been given a powerful anesthetic.
Only days after Jackson died, Murray met with police detectives and told them he had been giving the singer nightly doses of propofol for the past two months to help him with his insomnia. In a Los Angeles Police Department recording, Murray can be heard telling authorities that on the morning that Jackson died, he went to the bathroom and came back just two minutes later to find the entertainer was not breathing.
To hear the police recording in which Murray discusses his administration of propofol to Jackson, click here.
Walgren disputes Murray’s story, claiming the doctor abandoned Jackson by leaving him unattended after giving him the powerful drug. He also alleged that Murray was on the phone for 45 minutes and not in the bathroom for two after administering propofol to Jackson.
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