The Death of Michael Jackson: Conrad Murray Trial Day 1

It could have been a scene from Michael Jackson’s 2005 trial, except Dr. Conrad Murray arrived with his mother.  That wasn’t the only difference.  Opening statements in the case began with the District Attorney showing a picture of  Michael Jackson’s lifeless body on a gurney with his  mouth open,  eyes closed and  tape over the space between his lips and nose.

It must have been a horrible sight for the Jackson family who once again stepped into a courtroom to support their brother.  Joe, Katherine, Janet, Tito, Latoya, Reebe,  Randy and Jermaine Jackson all came together for day one of  Dr. Murray’s trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop star.

The image was followed by the prosecution playing this  disturbing audio tape of an incoherent Jackson describing his comeback tour,  stammering and slurring his words.  The District Attorney told the court that the tape was  retrieved from Dr. Conrad Murray’s cell phone and recorded in May of 2009, weeks before the singer’s death.


Pictured: Defense attorney’s J. Michael Flanagan (L) and Naug Gourjian (R) sit beside Dr. Conrad Murray listening to the prosecution’s opening arguments in his involuntary manslaughter trial at the Los Angeles Superior Court on September 27, 2011 in downtown Los Angeles, California. Dr. Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of singer Michael Jackson who died of an overdose of prescription drugs, including propofol and lorazepam, in June of 2009. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)