The doctor accused of causing Michael Jackson”s death wipes away a tear at the start of his trial in Los Angeles.
Dr Conrad Murray arrived in court, holding hands with his mother, to deny involuntary manslaughter.
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Prosecutors argued that he was an incompetent physician who used a dangerous anaesthetic without adequate safeguards.
Lawyers told jurors he left the 50-year-old superstar abandoned as he lay dying after administering a drug dose, including propofol.
Lead prosecutor David Walgren said the doctor left to go to the bathroom and check his mobile phone.
“He left him there, abandoned him to fend for himself,” Mr Walgren said.
A recording of Michael sounding slurred and apparently heavily drugged as he left a message on the medic”s phone was also heard during the televised proceedings.
He said: “We have to be phenomenal. 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. I”ve never seen nothing like this. Go. It”s amazing. He”s the greatest entertainer in the world”.”
Mr Walgren said his difficulty in speaking on the recording showed that Dr Murray ought to have realised the star should not have taken any more propofol.
The tape was played after prosecutors showed a photo of Michael lying dead on a hospital trolley, as a worldwide audience watched on TV and his family looked on from inside the courtroom.
If convicted, the 58-year-old faces up to four years in prison and the loss of his medical licence.
The defence argues that the Thriller artist administered the lethal dose himself.