The voice of a slurring, impaired Michael Jackson brought the Dr. Conrad Murray trial to a standstill today.
The recording was made by Dr. Murray on his iPhone while speaking with Jackson about his upcoming tour. The audio was timestamped May 10, 2009.
DEA forensics expert Stephen Marx conducted analysis on Dr. Conrad Murray’s iPhone. Marx testified that he found the recording while examining an application on the phone called iTalk.
After playing a brief clip of the audio during opening statements, prosecutor David Walgren played the entire recording in open court.
Jackson is heard sounding possibly drugged while talking to Dr. Murray about his upcoming “This Is It” concert series.
Jackson said that he wanted to create a children’s hospital that would help him establish a legacy beyond his performances.
He also expressed how important he felt it was to provide an unforgettable and positive experience for his youngest fans.
"I love them because I didn't have a childhood," he tells Dr. Murray. "I had no childhood. I feel their pain. I feel their hurt."
The tape concludes with Dr. Murray asking Jackson if he is okay and the pop star replying, "I am asleep."
Alan Duke reported on HLN that while the recording was being played, he saw Michael's brother Jermaine wiping away tears.
You can also read the transcript of the complete recording right here.
Complete courtroom coverage of the Conrad Murray trial airs live on HLN from gavel to gavel and is on In Session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET every week day.