Nightly News   |  October 05, 2011

Semi-comatose Jackson heard on tape

Wednesday was a dramatic day in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor, as the jury heard more from Jackson himself, in the recording before his death. NBC’s Jeff Rossen reports.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: are in Los Angeles , another dramatic day in the trial of Michael Jackson 's doctor. Today, the jury and television viewers heard more from Michael Jackson himself from audio recordings before his death. NBC 's Jeff Rossen is outside the courthouse in downtown LA. Jeff , good evening.

JEFF ROSSEN reporting: Hi, Brian. Good evening from Los Angeles . That tape is chilling when you hear it. Prosecutors played part of it in court last week and it really shocked the entire courtroom, including Jackson 's own family sitting right there in the first rows. They played the full recording today and as you're about to hear, Michael Jackson sounds drugged. He's slurring his words. He has a deep voice and he had plenty to say about children and his own pain as a child. Dr. Conrad Murray sat in court today listening to the recording he made of his star patient, Michael Jackson .

Mr. MICHAEL JACKSON: I didn't have a childhood. I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt.

ROSSEN: Jackson was talking about his upcoming tour and seemed focused on raising money for a children's hospital.

Mr. JACKSON: My performances will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them.

ROSSEN: Dr. Conrad Murray recorded the pop star just six weeks before Jackson 's death. Prosecutors say even with Jackson in that condition, Dr. Murray pumped him with more drugs and a deadly dose of propofol.

Mr. DMITRY GORIN (Legal Analyst): It really humanized Michael Jackson , make the jury see him as a real person. And it also demonstrates that Dr. Murray was on notice that Michael Jackson needed help.


Mr. JACKSON: I am asleep.

ROSSEN: And there was another audiotape that could make news this week, this one of Dr. Conrad Murray himself. Prosecutors plan to play for the jury, Brian , his police interrogation in the days after Michael Jackson 's death.

WILLIAMS: Jeff Rossen in Los Angeles tonight. Jeff , thanks.