Slurred Michael Jackson voice fills LA courtroom

Wed Oct 5, 2011 7:30pm EDT
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By Alex Dobuzinskis

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Disturbing sounds and images from Michael Jackson's life and death played a key role on Wednesday in the manslaughter trial of his doctor, with jurors hearing a recording of the self-styled King of Pop speaking in a slurred voice and viewing a photo of his dead body.

Prosecutors also showed pictures of a jug of urine found by Jackson's bed after his June 25, 2009 death, and a coroner's investigator testified she found a large collection of sedatives and painkillers in the "Thriller" singer's room.

A recording of a May 2009 conversation between the singer and his physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, marked one of the most dramatic moments in the doctor's week-old trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter.

Jackson is heard speaking slowly, in a low and at times incoherent voice, slurring his words.

"My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream," Jackson said.

"I love them because I didn't have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain."

"Elvis didn't do it. Beatles didn't do it. We have to be phenomenal," Jackson is heard saying of his planned 50 London comeback concerts. He said he wanted to use the profits from the shows to fund a children's hospital.

Jackson's brother Jermaine Jackson wiped away tears while listening to the tape.   Continued...