Chernoff’s statement — during which he pledged to focus on scientific testimony concerning propofol — contrasted with the prosecution’s opening, which included a shocking audio recording of a drugged Michael Jackson, his distinctive voice nearly unrecognizable.
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren outlined the prosecution’s case against Murray, claiming that the doctor administered a lethal dose of the powerful sedative to Jackson, that he failed to monitor the singer, and that he delayed a potentially life-saving call to 911. Authorities contend that Murray lacked the proper life-saving equipment to revive Jackson.Jackson trusted Murray as his physician, Walgren said. “That misplaced trust in Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life.”
Along with showing photo slides of Jackson’s body slumped on a gurney in a California hospital and the bed at home where he died, Walgren played several audio recordings — including a startling one Murray had captured on his cellphone in May 2009.
The famed singer’s speech is slurred as he speaks about wanting to impress fans with his forthcoming concert series.
“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 recording.
However, the voice known from blockbuster hit songs like Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It is weak and almost unrecognizable as he was “highly under the influence of the propofol,” according to Walgren.
The prosecution also outlined details of Jackson’s final days, Murray’s phone and email records, the doctor’s actions and his interview with authorities, and the massive amount of propofol and other sedative agents Murray purchased while caring for Jackson. He also blasted the doctor for withholding information to everyone from Jackson’s staffers, paramedics, emergency room medical staff and police after the singer’s death.
“Conrad Murray, as the doctor on scene, had a legal duty of care to use his best medical judgment to do no harm to Michael Jackson. Conrad Murray, with his eyes on an anticipated $150,000-a-month lucrative contract, instead agreed to provide Michael with massive amounts of propofol on a regular basis [which defies] all standards of medical care,” Walgren said.
On the day of the singer’s death, Murray “literally and figuratively abandoned Michael Jackson,” left him full of drugs and “with no medical monitoring equipment, no resuscitation equipment, to fend for himself. It violates not only every standard of care, but decency from one human being to another.”