Michael Jackson death trial continues with witness testimony

By Daniel S Levine,

Today is just the second day in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is on trial for the involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Several witnesses were called to the stand to testify about the case.

One of the first was concert promoter Paul Gongaware, whose AEG Live was working on Jackson’s This Is It tour. According to The Associated Press, he told the jury that he believed the "King of Pop" looked strong and energetic during rehearsals.

TMZ reports that AEG attorney Kathy Jorrie said that Murray had issues with part of their contract with Jackson. Murray wanted to be paid his monthly fee of $150,000 even when This Is It was on break, and that a CPR machine be near Jackson at all times. Jorrie did note that there was no payment made by AEG to Murray and that she believed Jackson was fine just a day before he died.

However, producer Kenny Ortega, who was the prosecution’s first witness, said that Jackson did not look well to him on June 19, a week before he died. “I did not feel he was well,” he said, CNN reported.

Gongaware, AEG CEO, also said that Murray was asking for $5 million and that Jackson was obsessed with doing at least 31 shows in order to top Prince’s 21 shows at the O2 London arena, according to TMZ.

On Tuesday, the trial was made more dramatic by a recording from Murray’s iPhone from May 10, 2009 where Jackson’s voice was slow and slurred. On the recording, Jackson said “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...” A picture of Jackson's dead body arriving at a hospital was also shown.

If Murray is found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison and lose his medical license.

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