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Pictures of MJ’s dead body shown at trial

ALL TOO MUCH: Dr Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson, wipes a tear from his eye during the trial into the singer's death

THE WORLD was shown disturbing images of Michael Jackson’s dead body at the opening of the trial into his death.

The haunting image, which shows the singer laying on a hospital gurney, was used by the prosecution at the start of the trial of Dr Conrad Murray who is charged with involuntary manslaughter over his death.

"Michael Jackson’s death was a homicide," Los Angeles deputy district attorney David Walgren told the jury in opening statements.

“The evidence will show that 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.'


DISTURBING: Michael Jackson lays dead on a hospital gurney

Walgren claimed that it was Murray’s repeated acts of gross negligence and appropriate care to Michael that led to his death on June 25, 2009, a month before his scheduled 50-date tour at London’s O2.

Mr Walgren also played a disturbing audio recorded on Dr Murray's iPhone of Jackson apparently under the influence of propofol a month before his death.

On the tape, Jackson can be heard slurring his words. He mumbles: 'We have to be phenomenal... 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."'

Mr Walgren said the audio was evidence that Dr Murray knew what was happening to Jackson and should have discontinued ordering propofol.

Dr Murray wiped tears from his eyes throughout the trial, even .when his own attorney, Ed Chernoff, told the jury it was the singer who caused his own death by swallowing a 'perfect storm' of drugs.

Mr Chernoff said that the evidence will show that the singer swallowed eight, 2mg pills of Lorazepam and injected himself with a dose of propofol.

Jackson's parents, his siblings Janet, La Toya, Tito, Randy and Jermaine were all at the courthouse in LA for the opening statements in the trial of the singer's personal physician, who was the last person to see him alive.

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