PROSECUTORS have told jurors that Michael Jackson was killed by the actions of his personal physician, who used a dangerous anesthetic without adequate safeguards and botched recovery efforts when he found the singer unconscious.
Defence lawyers countered that Jackson caused his own death by taking the drug propofol after his doctor left the room in a desperate attempt to overcome his chronic inability to sleep.
Nothing Dr Conrad Murray could have done would have saved the King of Pop, defence lawyer Ed Chernoff told the panel, because Jackson was desperate to regain his fame and needed rest to prepare for a series of crucial comeback concerts.
Speaking for more than an hour, prosecutor David Walgren relied heavily on photos and audio recordings to make his case that Dr Murray was an inept and reckless caretaker of Jackson.
He showed a photo of a lifeless Jackson on a hospital gurney, and played a recording of Jackson speaking to Dr Murray while the prosecutor said he was under the influence of an unknown substance roughly six weeks before his death.