The opening statements in Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial were made early on Tuesday. Deputy District Attorney David Walgren played a recording of Michael Jackson’s speech while he’s under the influence of propofol—the anesthetic that Murray gave Jackson and ultimately caused his death.
The recording was on Murray’s iPhone, with a time-stamp of 9:05 a.m., May 10, 2009. Jackson talks about his upcoming concert series, This Is It in London.
"When people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life,' " Jackson says, slurring his speech. "Go. Go. I've never seen nothing like this. Go. It's amazing. He's the greatest entertainer in the world."
It would be six weeks after this recording that Jackson died of an overdose at the age of 50.
Murray is being charged with involuntary manslaughter. He allegedly gave Jackson a large amount of the drug after failing to notice that the singer stopped breathing. The prosecution says that Murray failed to call 911 during crucial minutes that could’ve saved Jackson’s life.
Turned to the jury, the prosecutor said that Murray “repeatedly acted with gross negligence, repeatedly denied care, appropriate care, to his patient, Michael Jackson, and it was Dr. Murray's repeated incompetent and unskilled acts that led to Michael Jackson's death."
The Jackson family was dressed in black, sitting in the courtroom during the opening statements. They heard the recording as well. Jermaine and Janet Jackson held hands across their sister, Rebbe’s, lab. Katherine Jackson held her head down as she repeatedly cried into a tissue.
Walgren also gave examples of what he called Murray’s gross negligence. First of all, Murray left Jackson alone for two minutes after administering the propofol. Then, after 911 was called, Murray failed to tell doctors and medics that he had given the pop star the drug.
Walgren also said that the drug is a “powerful anesthetic intended for use in highly monitored settings such as a hospital.”
The prosecution also informs that the drug is not intended for use for insomnia. It’s only for “the induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, sedation for mechanically ventilated adults, and procedural sedation.”
There’s also been no written consent from Jackson to take the propofol.
At one point during the opening statement, they showed an image of Jackson’s deceased body next to one of him alive.
“The question became what occurred between June 24, 2009, when Michael Jackson, shown in this picture, performing at the Staples Center, singing “Earth Song,” – what happened between that time and approximately 12 hours later when Michael Jackson is dead?” Walgren asked the jury.