Two days after the singer’s tragic overdose, Conrad Murray and his lawyer, Ed Chernoff, met with police officers. That meeting was taped, and the jury heard the recording on Friday. A source close to the case told RadarOnline.com:
“Dr. Murray told cops that he loved Michael Jackson, and that he was trying to wean him off Propofol. Dr. Murray considered Michael Jackson a very close friend, and he was devastated that Michael Jackson was dead. He got extremely emotional that Michael had died. Dr. Murray said repeatedly how much he loved Michael Jackson.”
According to attorney Mark Geragos, former lawyer for Jackson, this is Murray’s team’s best defense strategy. Geragos told Hollyscoop:
“I think if [Murray] embraces the idea that he was there, not only was he a fan of Michael Jackson, but more importantly that [Jackson] is somebody he cared deeply for and would never harm him, that, I think would play better with a jury.”
In the recording, Murray also explained how he became Jackson’s doctor in the first place. He began seeing Michael in 2006 because he was “not feeling well due to a family flu illness” that had also hit his three children.
The entire interview with Murray and Chernoff reportedly lasted about two hours.
“Dr. Murray admits to giving Michael Jackson Propofol and several other drugs, including sedatives," the insider reveals.
Murray also says that he was paid under AEG. “I was of the opinion that [Jackson] would be my employer directly. Subsequently to accepting that I realised that AEG would be the one paying for the salary that he requested. I am an employee of Michael Jackson but paid through AEG," the doctor explained.
Protesters have been setting up every day of the trial outside of the Los Angeles County courthouse. One of the protestors, Ron Pritchard, explained their cause.
“It’s just that we want to know what happened. It ain’t going to bring Michael back. I’m very passionate about this. I loved everything about him.”
The fan continued:
“It’s just like hearing a loved one died. If you loved them, your natural reaction would be one of unbelief, one of sadness, and if you happen to believe it, you want to know how, when and why it happened.”
While their hearts may be in the right place, Geragos tells us that fans and protestors make it difficult to hold a fair trial.
“I think that is one of the reasons that the defense was so preoccupied with getting the jury sequestered which means not letting them go home at night. If there is a big circus surrounding this… that, I think, gives the defense a lot of pause.”