Belfast Telegraph

Jackson heard saying 'I am asleep'

Prosecutors have played a recording in which Michael Jackson is heard discussing his plans to build a hospital for children in a rambling, slurred conversation with the doctor charged in connection with his death.

The recording, made about six weeks before the star's death, was significantly longer than the clip played to jurors in opening statements last week.

It ends ominously, with defendant Dr Conrad Murray heard asking Jackson whether he was okay after his voice trailed off. "I am asleep," Jackson is heard saying.

Forensic computer investigator Stephen Marx told jurors hearing the involuntary manslaughter case against Murray that the audio was recorded on May 10, 2009.

Jackson is heard telling Murray that he wants to build the hospital after his planned series of comeback concerts. The singer tells the doctor that he is attempting to accomplish something that Elvis Presley and The Beatles did not.

"That will be remembered more than my performances," Jackson is heard saying. "My performance will be up there helping my children and always be my dream. I love them. I love them because I didn't have a childhood... I feel their pain. I feel their hurt. I can deal with it."

Earlier, Mr Marx said he found evidence that Murray was checking emails on his phone in the hours before the singer's death. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Mr Marx, an investigator with the Drug Enforcement Administration, testified that he found emails and attachments sent to Murray containing medical records filed under the Jackson alias "Omar Arnold".

Mr Marx said he also retrieved a voicemail message from Jackson's former manager, Frank Dileo, five days before Jackson's death. Mr Dileo said Jackson had an "episode" the previous night without elaborating.


From Belfast Telegraph