Prosecutors Want Jury To See Michael Jackson’s Final Rehearsal Tapes
LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — Prosecutors of Dr. Conrad Murray want jurors in his involuntary manslaughter trial to see images of his superstar patient, Michael Jackson, dead and alive.
In motions filed Tuesday, they ask to use video clips from the Jackson concert movie, “This Is It,” to show the singer was in good health, engaged in planning his concert tour and had every reason to live.
In court papers filed Tuesday, Deputy District Attorneys David Walgren and Deborah Brazil said the clips of Jackson performing “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “Earth Song” depict an “active, energetic” man who was interacting with the crew and participating in the production process.
They say this would contradict defense claims that Jackson took his own life.
Prosecutors also want to use limited autopsy photos of Jackson to prove that although thin, he was in excellent health. They say the photos would not be gruesome. Defense lawyers say the photos would inflame the jury’s emotions.
Murray has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection resumes May 4 and motions are to be argued Thursday.
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