PIC­TURED: JACKO’S DEAD BODY

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

THIS is the tragic im­age pros­e­cu­tors say pro­vides damning proof that Michael Jack­son’s doc­tor WAS re­spon­si­ble for the King of Pop’s death.

Ly­ing dead on a hos­pi­tal­style bed with tub­ing taped over his face, the dis­turb­ing im­age of the singer was pro­duced yes­ter­day in court on the open­ing day of medic Con­rad Murray’s trial for in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter.

Pros­e­cu­tors claim it proves that Murray had been giv­ing Jack­son drugs on the night he died on June 25, 2009, aged just 50.

In a shock move at Los An­ge­les Su­pe­rior Court, Deputy DA David Wal­gren, open­ing the case against Dr Murray, dis­played the im­age to a stunned court­room.

He said: “The ev­i­dence will show Michael Jack­son lit­er­ally put his life in the hands of Con­rad Murray. Michael Jack­son trusted his life to the med­i­cal skills of Con­rad Murray.

“The ev­i­dence will show that mis­placed trust had far too high a price to pay. It cost Michael Jack­son his life.”

Jacko’s par­ents and his fa­mous sib­lings Janet, La Toya, Tito, Randy and Jer­maine were all in the court­room.

Wal­gren in­sisted the ev­i­dence will show that the ‘ acts and omis­sions of Michael Jack­son's per­sonal doc­tor Con­rad Murray di­rectly led to his pre­ma­ture death’.

He said Murray ‘ re­peat­edly acted with gross neg­li­gence, re­peat­edly de­nied ap­pro­pri­ate care to his pa­tient Michael Jack­son, and that it was Dr Murray’s re­peated in­com­pe­tent and un­skilled acts that led to Michael Jack­son's death.

Mil­lions of peo­ple around the world are ex­pected to tune in as the trial gives a glimpse into the fi­nal days of the King of Pop.

Crowds had gath­ered at the court­house where a lot­tery was drawn for seats.

Po­ten­tial wit­nesses in­clude Jacko’s chil­dren Prince Michael and Paris who have said they want to tes­tify.

Med­i­cal ex­am­in­ers say Jacko died at his rented LA man­sion due to an over­dose of the pow­er­ful painkiller propo­fol and seda­tives.

Murray’s de­fence team are ex­pected to ar­gue that the singer was ad­dicted to var­i­ous painkillers and seda­tives and gave him­self the fa­tal dose.

FI­NAL PIC:

Tragic Jacko lies dead on

bed

BLAMED: Dr Murray ar­rives at court to be ac­cused by David Wal­gren

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