Trial of Michael Jackson's Doctor Conrad Murray Begins
It was the dramatic photo that's stunned the world. Michael Jackson lying dead on a gurney. It was the first image presented by prosecutors in opening arguments as the trial began for Dr. Conrad Murray on manslaughter charges in the King of Pop's death.
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren played a stunning tape recording of Jackson sounding totally stoned out of his mind six weeks before his death.
On the recording, Jackson is barely coherent, saying: "When people leave this show, when people leave my show, I want them to say, 'I've never seen nothing like this in my life. Go. Go.' "
A photo of Jackson's bathroom what shown to the jury. His clothes were strewn on the floor. In a photo of his bedroom, a bottle of Propofol can be seen by Jackson's bedside.
Dr. Murray is charged with giving Jackson an overdose of the powerful anesthetic as a sleeping aid.
The Jackson family turned out in force for the trial's first day. Mom, Katherine and father, Joe were followed by sister La Toya clutching a sunflower. Moments later brother Randy and sister Janet walked through a crush of photographers into the courthouse.
A vocal and passionate crowd gathered for the biggest trial since the Casey Anthony murder trial. Fans of Jackson and supporters of Dr. Murray are both demanding justice and with cameras in the courtroom, a worldwide audience is riveted to the case.
CNN's Jane Velez-Mitchell told INSIDE EDITION, "What you're seeing here is just a sampling of the interest. Everybody on the planet wants to know what happened to Michael Jackson and why."
The defense is expected to put Jackson himself on trial by arguing that he, not Dr. Murray, caused his own death.
Beth Karas of Tru TV's In Session told INSIDE EDITION, "This trial will put Michael Jackson on trial, to a certain extent, but the judge has curbed some of that evidence. He is not letting evidence of Michael's drug use or abuse from years ago come into evidence."
The jury of seven men and five women sitting in judgment include a retired Disney animator and a mailman. Six of the jurors say they are fans of Michael Jackson.
If the first moments of this trial are any indication, the world is about to be shown a side of Michael Jackson that will make people weep.