Sounds and images from Michael Jackson’s life and death played a key role yesterday in the manslaughter trial of his doctor, with jurors hearing a recording of the the King of Pop speaking in a slurred voice and viewing a photo of his dead body.
Stephen Marx, a computer forensic examiner who was working for the Drug Enforcement Administration but has since retired, testified that he found the recording under the iTalk application on Murray's iPhone, which was turned over to authorities on July 28, 2009. The prosecution witness said he also discovered a June 20, 2009, voice mail on Murray's iPhone in which a man identifying himself as Jackson's manager, Frank Dileo, says, "I'm sure you're aware he had an episode last night. He's sick ... I think you need to get a blood test on him. We (have) got to see what he's doing."
Marx also confirmed that an email was sent by Murray at 11:17 a.m. the day Jackson died to an insurance company, in which the doctor denied media reports that the singer was suffering from a variety of medical ailments. "As far as the statements of his health (published) by the press, let me say they're all fallacious to the best of my knowledge," Murray wrote in the email sent just over an hour before paramedics were summoned to treat his famous patient.
Coroner’s investigator Elissa Fleak testified yesterday she found a large collection of drugs and medical tools scattered through Jackson’s bedroom and an adjoining walk-in closet. They included vials of propofol and the sedative lorazepam. There were also other drugs in a wicker basket beside Jackson’s bed that were prescribed by doctors other than Murray. Some bottles were made out to “Mick Jackson” or “Omar Arnold.” Fleak said it was she who took a photo of Jackson lying dead on a hospital gurney that was shown to the jury yesterday.