“Homicide,” this is the title on the picture of Michael Jackson’s dead body presented by prosecutors during Dr. Conrad Murray‘s involuntary manslaughter trial. An eerie recording of Jackson’s voice slurring his words in a phone call to Murray was also played in the courtroom.
The prosecution photo showed Jackson lying on a gurney with a tape between his nose and lips, eyes closed, and mouth open.
An eerie recording of the singer’s voice was retrieved from Dr. Conrad Murray‘s iPhone. Their conversation was dated on May 10, 2009 which was one month before Michael Jackson died from a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol on June 25.
“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,” Jackson said in a slow slurred voice.
Murray‘s defense lawyer said that Jackson was responsible for his own death by self-administering extra propofol during Murray’s absence. His lawyers also told the court that he was trying to remove Michael from his addiction to propofol over a two-month nightly doses.
The prosecution said that Jackson was left unattended while under the drug and Murray waited 25 minutes to call 911 when he noticed that Jackson was unresponsive. Murray did not say anything about the propofol when asked by ER doctors and paramedics, the prosecution added.
Jackson‘s family packed the courtroom Tuesday morning for the first day of the trial.