Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray, went on trial today for the King of Pop’s death, in what is likely to be one of the most sensational trails since O.J. Simpson was accused of murder. The prosecutor’s case did not disappoint.
Los Angeles deputy district attorney David Walgren opened his case by showing a photo of Jackson dead, lying on a hospital gurney.
The 50-year-old singer suffered cardiac arrest from acute intoxication by the drug propofol, a powerful anesthetic rarely used outside of a hospital.
Michael Jackson’s Death Photo
Murray was Jackson’s supervising physician and was present when the singer died in June 2009. Murray has acknowledged administering the drug to Jackson to help him sleep.
But the defense maintains that Jackson gave himself the fatal dose of the drug while he was out of the room.
The King of Pop’s fans and Dr Murray’s supporters (yes, he has some) were on hand outside the courthouse in what look like a sports rally.
They were waving placards and banners, while the Jackson family made their way into court.
“Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide,” Walgren said in his opening statements.
“The evidence will show that Michael Jackson literally put his life in the hands of Conrad Murray… Michael Jackson trusted his life to the medical skills of Conrad Murray.”
But defense attorney Ed Chernoff maintained that Jackson caused his own death.
Chernoff outlining the defense’s strategy to create reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors, argued that evidence will show the singer swallowed eight, 2-mg pills of Lorazepam, a powerful sedative and and injected himself with propofol.
The upshot was a “perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly,” Mr Chernoff asserted. “He died so fast he did not even have time to close his eyes.”
To the contrary, “Dr Murray’s repeated incompetent and unskilled acts that led to Michael Jackson’s death on June 25 2009,” Walgren said.
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