Los Angeles (CNN) — Jurors hearing the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial have a stark vision of the dead pop icon after a lawyer showed them
an autopsy photo.
Jackson’s unclothed corpse lying on a coroner’s table looked nothing like
the world’s most famous entertainer.
The doctor who conducted Jackson’s autopsy returns to the witness stand
for a second day Tuesday in the trial to decide if concert promoter AEG
Live shares blame in his death with Dr. Conrad Murray.
Much of what jurors heard for the first time is a repeat of the scientific
evidence presented in the trial of Murray, who is now serving a prison
sentence for involuntary manslaughter.
But some of what is in the coroner’s report seems to give more insight into Michael Jackson’s life
rather than how he died.
Dr. Christopher Rogers noted in his autopsy report that Jackson’s lips
were tattooed pink, while his eyebrows were a dark tattoo. The front of his
scalp was also tattooed black, apparently to blend his hairline in with the
wigs he wore.
The autopsy confirmed what Jackson told people who
questioned why his skin tone became lighter in the 1980s.
Jackson had “vitiligo, a skin pigmentation disease,” Rogers
said. “So, some areas of the skin appear light and others
Debts, drugs, messy bedroom highlighted in Jackson trial Jackson lawyer Michael Koskoff made sure the jury heard
that, even though it had nothing to do with how he died.
Jackson’s mother and three children are suing AEG Live,
contending the company that was promoting his “This Is It”
shows was liable for his death because of the negligent hiring,
retention and supervision of Murray.
AEG Live argues that Jackson chose Murray as his tour
doctor and that the company had no way of knowing he was
using the surgical anesthetic propofol to put the singer to sleep
Rogers concluded that a propofol overdose killed Jackson,
although several sedatives Murray gave him that morning
contributed to his death.
Los Angeles coroner’s toxicologist Dan Anderson, who studied
the drugs in Jackson’s body, testified Monday that the level of
propofol found in Jackson’s body was “consistent with major
Propofol is a dangerous drug when not used properly, he said. Money woes may have led Murray to ‘break the rules,’detective says .
The Los Angeles coroner’s office found 31 deaths in the last
14 years in which propofol was found in a body, including six
suicides committed by medical personnel — doctors, nurses
and anesthesiologists — who chose the drug to end their lives,
There have also been several homicides with propofol,
including “a mercy killing” in a hospital, he testified.
If not for his death by propofol, Jackson’s health appeared good enough for him to live a normal lifespan, Rogers testified. “There was no indication from the autopsy that there was anything
anatomically wrong with him that would lead to premature death,” Rogers
He had no signs of being addicted to street drugs, such as needle marks
or disease, he said.
That testimony is important for the Jackson case, since if the jury
decides AEG is liable in his death, his expected lifespan will be key to
Jackson lawyers will contend that he would have
made billions of dollars in the remaining years through several more world
tours, merchandizing, recording and movies.
The next witness up after Rogers Tuesday will be a cardiologist, Dr.
Daniel Wohgeternter, who will be called as an expert to offer analysis of
Murray’s skills and decisions.
Culled from CNNCNN.