LISTEN: Michael Jackson’s Own Words Used Against Dr. Conrad Murray

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By Michael Lewittes

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Opening arguments began today in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who’s been charged with the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson.

Many points were presented by Deputy District Attorney David Walgren, but among the most resounding came from Jackson himself. Walgren played a May 2009 conversation that Dr. Murray recorded with Jackson during which the pop star slurred his words when discussing his upcoming “This Is It” tour. “When people leave my show,” he’s heard telling Dr. Murray, “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.'”

The prosecution contends the recording, from just six weeks before Jackson died, proves that Dr. Murray was doping the singer up on the powerful anesthetic Propofol, which led to his death. Jackson was “highly under the influence of unknown agents with Dr. Murray sitting nearby,” said Walgren. Walgren told jurors, “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.” He added that the singer trusted his doctor, and “that misplaced trust in Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life.”

Check out Jackson’s slurred speech below, and tell us what you think.

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