The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray for the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009 began today showing a grim photo of Jackson dead on a hospital gurney together with another picture showing his rehearsals for his planned London concerts. Prosecutors opened by telling jurors that Michael Jackson’s misplaced trust in Dr. Conrad Murray cost him his life. On the other hand, Murray’s lawyers countered that the pop star self-administered a dose of propofol that with the lorazepam that caused his death.
Michael’s choreographer, Kenny Ortega, took the stand claiming that the pop star was not feeling well and incoherent during some rehearsals. He sent an email to AEG Live CEO Randy Philips informing of his concern about Michael’s psychological state. He was later berated by Murray for acting like a doctor. However, just 4 days after being sick, Michael seemed to have recovered and had more energy. When asked if he believed Michael to be abusing drugs, Ortega answered in the affirmative.