Two weeks after showing jurors a photo of Michael Jackson dead on a hospital gurney, Los Angeles prosecutors today exhibited a naked photo of the singer.
The image of Jackson was placed into evidence during the testimony of Christopher Rogers, an official with the L.A. medical examiner’s office. Rogers was testifying as a prosecution witness in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
The photo, government exhibit 206, was taken at the time of autopsy, according to prosecutor David Walgren. Jackson’s genitalia is obscured by a black box added to the photo by investigators.
Pathologist Christopher Rogers told the jury that the singer was healthier than most 50-year-olds, with no heart disease or abnormalities, and that he found no fluid substances in Jackson's stomach, mouth or esophagus; dealing a blow to Murray's lawyer's claim that Jackson swallowed a fatal dose of the surgical anesthetic propofol without Murray's knowledge.
Rogers emphasized the fact that, based on his findings: "The circumstances do not support (Jackson's) self administration of propofol. We don't know what Murray did when he went to the bathroom," Rogers said. "He had control [of the dosage] and might have accidentally given too much."