LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson, with a prosecutor saying the superstar’s misplaced trust in Conrad Murray led to his death.

A jury of seven men and five women will hear opening statements throughout the day Tuesday.

Murray is accused in the 2009 death of Jackson, who died from an overdose of the powerful drug propofol, in combination with other drugs.

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“What happened during that time frame is that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray, directly led to his premature death at age 50,” Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said.

Walgren told the jury that Michael Jackson died alone in his bed, after Dr. Conrad Murray provided the singer a cocktail of powerful medications.

Graphic photos of Jackson’s body, as well as an audio recording of him slurring his words just a month before his death, were both used by the prosecution.

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“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 says on the tape. “I’m taking that money, a million children, children’s hospital, the biggest in the world, Michael Jackson’s Children’s Hospital.”

Walgren said the recording shows Murray knew what he was doing to Michael Jackson long before the fatal does of propofol was administered.

He told the jury that on the morning of Jackson’s death, Murray waited 24 minutes before he instructed security staff to call 911.

“It was Conrad Murray’s unskilled hands and his desire to obtain $150,000 a month that led Dr. Murray to abandon his patient and to abandon all principles of medical care,” Walgren said. “Conrad Murray’s actions and omissions caused the death of Michael Jackson.”

Lead Defense Attorney Ed Chernoff told the jury it was not Dr. Murray who administered the fatal dose of propofol. He said the evidence will show that Michael Jackson administered the fatal dose himself.

CBS2 legal analyst Steve Meister says the most important witness will be the forensic pathologist.

Jackson’s former attorney Tom Mesereau says the prosecution will also have to teach the jury that propofol is not like regular prescription medication.

“Every doctor I’ve talked to was shocked it was in a home, not to mention you didn’t have trained personnel and you didn’t have the proper equipment,” Mesereau said. “The prosecution must explain how outrageous it was to have this powerful drug in the home.”

“The thing that seems very incriminating to me is that apparently this doctor, a physician in charge of Michael Jackson’s health, never told the paramedics at the scene about propofol; never told the police at the scene about propofol,” he added. “Then he went to the hospital where they were trying to revive Michael Jackson and he still didn’t mention propofol. To me, that indicates consciousness of guilt.”

The judge has already rejected a motion to show a video the defense says will show that Jackson was under the influence and ailing months before his death when he first announced his “This Is It” concert series in London.

The judge also rejected a motion to admit evidence showing Murray ignored law enforcement requests for extended interviews in the days after Jackson’s death.

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Comments (23)
  1. Hollywood Reporter says:

    The Jackson Family will milk this fiasco for every dime it is worth.

  2. Donna Rohrich says:

    I don’t know why they would say the “photo” (1) was too graphic of Michael Jackson. It was just a photo of Michael in a hospital bed. looked like any other patient who was sleeping or coming out ot surgery recovery room to their room. I have worked at a hospital and I have seen far worse patients and their conditions than that of Michael. If there were more photos I couldn’t see them.
    Thank You

  3. John says:

    When will all of this malarkey end? Where’s the “fast forward” button?!

  4. Thriller says:

    Wonder if the Tito and family will start marketing that picture of Jocko on a T-shirt , bet sleazy Joe would go for that idea they need more headlines and money, and the sheep will follow.

  5. ISIS says:


  6. mike says:

    Michael put himself I’m this situation,stop trying to find a scapegoat.This may years of abuse

  7. John B Goode says:

    Malarkey indded–another illustration of how poor the quality of television news is now, say compared with the 1960’s or the 1970’s. We get talking heads sporting sh** eating grins spouting conclusions and irrelevant matter but no facts.

    1. Julie says:

      You are so right! I remember when the news was NEWS.

    2. Julieann says:

      You are so right! I remember when news was actually news and not entertainment and animal tricks.

  8. ervetech says:

    Who cares what MJ did or did not do it comes down to the drug/s that were gven that night.. Anyone who is trained with using the drug propofol know that you MUST HAVE the monitoring equipment and the ER drugs & equipement on hand when using this drug. The patient must be watched 100% of the time, if you need to leave you must have someone else there to continue to moniter. Even being traned in using this drug it scrares the hell out of me every time I use it.

  9. Annie says:

    Michael Jackson was a washed up drug addicted pedophile.

  10. tricia says:

    I think the doctor should be convicted of first degree murder, he could have given Michael Jackson Narcan and reversed the anesthesia immediately, and why isn’t he being prosecuted for using such a strong anesthesia that’s suppose to be used at a hospital under medical supervision at all times in a private residence? Sounds like a shut and closed case of murder to me, infact murder and gross negligence from a doctor. And for what…greed for money, a super artist of all time is dead before his time. And now his children are left fatherless too, again for greed. Yes, he should be sentenced to death for causing such a tragic death!!!!!

  11. tricia says:

    People need to stop criticizing M J, he was what he was because of his genius in music and because the public would not let him just be, also he had a very dysfunctional father to say the least. The facts are the doctor is guilty of a crime period. He is guilty of murder for greed. Very unprofessional, and very sad. He should never again be allowed to practice medicine of any kind, and he should not be allowed to keep the money he milked out of MJ!! :Let the money go to the children’s hospital MJ believed in so much. Throw the doctor in jail, throw away the key…better yet, an eye for an eye, he should be convicted, recieve the death penalty and than justice will have been served!

  12. Julieann says:

    I noticed that CBS2 showed the 2 minites that Murray cried at the trial and tried to help his case with their sympathetic comments.

  13. Jeanne says:

    where is this ‘photo’ at?

  14. LittleFartBert says:

    Murray looked like he was pouting. And why would you leave MJ alone in the room with the drugs? It would be like leaving an alcoholic alone in the room with booze, you know they are going to drink the booze.

  15. belle knox says:

    Michael was okay until the “folks” starting lieing on him about abusing kids..if you think about it he was never the same after that…THAT’S WHAT REALLY KILLED HIM…the propoflo just finalized it!!!! HE NEVER MOLESTED ANY KIDS AT ALL!!!!

  16. wgaf says:

    Jeezus, months of non-stop niqqer news that isn’t worth a sh!t in the grand scheme of things. Same as O.J..

  17. Joanne San Diego says:

    For those of you above that have questions go to the talk and watch the families interview it answers alot of questions and so does michaels brothers book. For those of you above that made rude comments , how would you all feel if your children read and heard comments like that about you? How would you feel if it was your loved one that was under a drs care that died way too early , wouldnt you want to know why?? If things didnt add up and the autopsy answers dont match the evidence or the drs comments or the staffs , wouldnt you do everything you could to find out why your family member died exspecially since you knew and had proof your family member was healthy until they started that drug propofol and they had severe side effects and reported them to the dr wouldnt you have questions ? The jackson family has those questions and they deserve the answers to them they deserve to know everything they can as to why things went down that night the way they did so they can all have closure and be at peace and we are all praying for them that they will get those answers in this trial ,, I can only imagine how hard this must be for the kids they love their father so much and not to know why he died when a dr was right their must be devastating to them we are all praying for all of you ,,God please Bless the Jackson family during this trial that they will get the closure they need to finally have peace in their hearts , Lord please stay with them during this hard ordeal and Bless them with your love comfort them all lord with your support and please keep michaels kids safe from all of the rude people out their , Amen,,, My family and I will pray for the Jackson Family daily I hope alot more of you will Also

    1. wgaf says:

      Ask your god why it was made a media circus and the social value of doing so.

  18. CHRIS SHIELDS says:


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