Full recording of drugged Michael Jackson may be played in court
Jurors are expected to hear Wednesday from the computer analyst who examined Dr. Conrad Murray’s mobile phone, which he used to record Michael Jackson in a woozy, incoherent state.
It was unclear whether prosecutors would play the recording -- one of the most eagerly anticipated pieces of evidence in Murray’s involuntary manslaughter trial -- during the testimony of computer examiner Stephen Marx.
Marx's forensic analysis of Murray’s iPhone uncovered an audio file Murray made six weeks before Jackson’s death.
In a clip played in opening statements, Jackson sounded heavily drugged and rambled about his comeback plans.
Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren has said the recording is proof Murray was aware of the singer’s “state” but continued providing him drugs.
Marx, a retired examiner for the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, testified at a previous hearing that Murray read and sent emails in the hours leading up to Jackson’s death.
Shortly before discovering that Jackson had stopped breathing, the doctor sent an email reassuring an insurance company official that media reports about his patient’s shaky health were untrue.
“As far as the statements of his health published by the press, let me say they are all fallacious to the best of my knowledge,” Murray wrote.
Prosecutors have said Murray’s use of the iPhone and another cellphone are proof he was not paying attention to Jackson even as he treated him with a powerful anesthetic.
In addition to Marx, witnesses from the coroner’s office and a police investigator who interviewed Murray are also to take the stand Wednesday.
The 58-year-old cardiologist has pleaded not guilty. He contends Jackson dosed himself with sedatives and a large amount of the anesthetic propofol.
He faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.
-- Harriet Ryan at Los Angeles County Superior Court
Photo: Conrad Murray in court Monday. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Pool Photo