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Michael Jackson ‘put his life in the hands of Conrad Murray’

September 27, 2011 |  9:52 am

Katherine and Joe Jackson arrive in court

Opening statements are underway in the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician.

Deputy Dist. Atty. David Walgren kicked off what's expected to be an hour-long address to jurors by saying, "Michael Jackson literally put his life in the hands of Conrad Murray."

"That misplaced trust cost Michael Jackson his life," the prosecutor told the panel of seven men and five women.

Live video: Full coverage of Conrad Murray's trial

After asking for the courtroom lights to be dimmed, Walgren displayed on an overhead projector the results of toxicology tests by the coroner's office showing a massive amount of the surgical anesthetic propofol in the singer's body.

Murray, 58, watched impassively from the defense table. He faces as much as four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted.

In the hallway outside the courtroom, two fans wore black armbands with "MJ" embroidered in gold. Others wore what appear to be T-shirts with silk-screened images of Jackson's face.

Court officials have warned trial watchers against wearing attire that demonstrates support for either side, including so-called "tribute" outfits that mimic Jackson’s distinctive hairstyle and wardrobe.

Some fans reported that Jackson's magician, Majestic Magnificent, was present at the courthouse.


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-- Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim at Los Angeles County Superior Court

Photo: Katherine and Joe Jackson arrive at Los Angeles County Superior Court for the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times