Michael Jackson case: Prosecutors seek to show video of 'active, energetic' pop star before his death
Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of Michael Jackson’s personal physician want to show jurors video of the pop star singing and dancing hours before his death.
In papers filed Tuesday in L.A. County Superior Court, the prosecution said the rehearsal video captured by a documentary film crew shows Jackson as an “active, energetic 50-year-old,” countering suggestions by Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyers that the singer was in a desperate state of mind and caused his own death.
The footage of Jackson performing “The Way You Make Me Feel” two days before his 2009 death and “Earth Song” the evening before show he “was actively involved in preparing for his upcoming tour ... and that he had every reason to want to live,” wrote prosecutors David Walgren and Deborah Brazil.
Judge Michael Pastor is to take up the request and other evidentiary motions Thursday at a hearing.
Murray is to go on trial next month for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s fatal overdose from the surgical anesthetic propofol. He has said through his attorneys that the music legend gave himself the lethal dose.
-- Harriet Ryan
Photo: Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, right, in court in January with one of his attorneys. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times