LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – A Michael Jackson death photo shocked jurors today in the Conrad Murray trial. The Michael Jackson death picture was shown today, years after publication of another picture of Michael created international controversy. Michael Jackson was showed dead on a gurney today during the opening statement of the Conrad Murray trial. The photo was used by prosecutors in their opening statement.
In the photo, Jackson’s eyes are closed, his mouth is protracted open. Prosecutors showed the grainy image with a caption added as “homicide”. While the jury is not under sequestration, the image was powerful, not just for jurors, but for the public outside the courtroom and spectators inside.
Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, on defense said that Jackson gave himself propofol. But jurors undoubtedly left the courtroom today remembering the above image.
Attorney David Walgren put up the picture in his opening statement. “What happened between that time and approximately 12 hours later when Michael Jackson is dead on June 25, 2009?” Walgren told the jury. “What you will learn through the evidence is that 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 the age of 50.”
“Conrad Murray, with his eyes on an anticipated $150,000 (per month) lucrative contract, instead agreed to provide Michael massive amounts of propofol on a regular basis in complete disregard of all acceptable standards of medical care,” Walgren added.
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In summer of 2009, OK Magazine was under fire for putting a Michael Jackson death photo on its cover. The person who made the decision was Richard Desmond, owner of the magazine, who paid a reported $500,000 for the photo.
Months later, news reports claimed another Jackson death photo had been stolen as was being shopped to news sites. The report claimed that Jackson autopsy death photo was leaked by a “high ranking police friend” to a Los Angeles leading restaurant owner who kept it stored in his BlackBerry.
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