Trial Begins in Case of Michael Jackson’s Death. Defense Says Jackson Caused His Own Death and Tells How. Prosecutor Asserts ‘Acts and Omissions’ of Dr. Conrad Murray Led to Jackson’s Death. Plus Video: Tape of Jackson’s Slurred Speech Played in Court

Sep 27, 2011  •  Post A Comment

Let’s begin with the defense. "Defense attorney Ed Chernoff told jurors in his opening argument Tuesday that [Michael] Jackson, of his own accord, swallowed several lorazepam pills on the morning of his death and that was enough to put people to sleep," reports CBS’s Crimesider website.

The article continues, "He also claimed Jackson self-ingested the anesthetic propofol, creating a ‘perfect storm in his body’ that killed him instantly."

The story adds, "Chernoff told jurors it was not their job to determine whether [the defendant, Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad] Murray was a good doctor. He said Murray and Jackson were actually friends and Murray was trying to wean Jackson off of propofol. Jackson, however, took a lethal dose before he died, the lawyer said. At times during Chernoff’s opening statement Murray appeared to be crying and wiped his eyes with a tissue."

For an hour before Chernoff spoke, it was the prosecutor who gave his opening remarks to the jury at the trial. Dr. Murray is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, a charge to which Murray has pleaded not guilty.

According to another story on the CBS Crimesider site, "Deputy District Attorney David Walgren showed jurors a slide of Jackson on a gurney and said he would detail what happened in the final hours of the singer’s life, from the time he left rehearsals to the time that paramedics were summoned to his rented mansion.

"Jackson died of an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. ‘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.’ "

This second story adds that prosecutor Walgren said, "Jackson trusted Murray as his physician.’That misplaced trust in Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life,’ " according to Walgren.

Here’s a video of evidence prosecutors introduced in court today of Michael Jackson’s slurred speech on May 9, 2009. Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

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