A source from inside the courtroom said that Michael Jackson’s autopsy photos will be allowed as evidence in Dr. Conrad Murphy’s trial, according to CNN. The ruling came down from California Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.
Dr. Murray is on trial for the charge of involuntary manslaughter, facing allegations that he administered the surgical anesthetic drug propofol to Michael Jackson. The Los Angeles County coroner determined that the drug, in combination with a cocktail of other sedatives in the singer’s bloodstream, caused his death.
Steve Cooley, L.A. County district attorney, had previously filed a motion to allow the autopsy photo to be shown to jurors. Cooley argued that courts in California “permit (prosecutors) to admit autopsy photographs, as they are relevant, (that) will illustrate the testimony of witnesses and will enhance the jury’s understanding of the prosecution’s case.”
He also argued that Michael Jackson’s autopsy photos are relevant to the case. The motion states: “These limited photographs will help demonstrate that Michael Jackson was generally in excellent health and that, while thin, his body weight was within the normal range.”
Part of the defense’s argument is that Jackson took the propofol himself in an attempt to get some rest before a grueling rehearsal. Dr. Murray has told investigators in the case that he was attempting to slowly wean the pop star off of the drug.
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