Prosecution plays recording of Jackson slurring his words
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The defense in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s former personal physician says the 50-year-old pop star drugged himself with the sedative Propofol while Dr. Conrad Murray was out of the room. Jackson died of cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009.
The defense contends that Jackson killed himself, and that Murray was unaware that his patient swallowed a cocktail of drugs, including a dose of the anesthetic, which is not made to be swallowed.
But the prosecution played an audio of Michael Jackson slurring his speech on May 10, 2009. The audio was recorded on Dr. Murray’s iPhone while Jackson was under the heavy influence of unknown drugs.
The prosecution says Dr. Murray was fully aware of how drugged Jackson was a month before he died. Yet the doctor continued to administer potentially deadly drugs to Jackson.
“When people leave my show, I want them to say, ‘I’ve never seen nothing like this in my life,’ ” Jackson said on the audio.
Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, bit her lip and wiped away tears as the recording of Jackson slurring his words played in the courtroom.
Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter and administering a lethal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.
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