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UPDATE: 4:04 p.m.: As the judge reminded the jury not to text or tweet about anything they heard in court today or any other aspects of the case (how times have changed), testimony concluded for the day. The proceedings resume tomorrow at 8:45 a.m.
UPDATE 3:29 p.m.: After a short break, testimony resumed with Rogers restating under cross that what seemed reasonable, to him, was that Murray had "imperfect control" over the dose of propofol he gave Jackson and that he might have given the singer too much. He finds it "unreasonable" that Jackson, already under the influence of other sedatives, woke up while Murray was out of the room, dosed himself and stopped breathing within two minutes.
UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Defense attorney Michael Flanagan again kept running into a series of objections and requests to repeat his technical questions as he cross-examined Rogers about the contents of Jackson's stomach at autopsy. At one point he asked the pathologist to count out lorazepam tables for a visual representation of what was found.
UPDATE 12:00 p.m.: During Rogers' testimony, the prosecution showed a shocking photo of Michael's dead, naked body on a gurney, taken hours after his death and before the autopsy began. The shot was appropriately censored, with a black box covering the star's genital region. Katherine and Rebbie were not in court for the afternoon session, as they were tipped off by D.A. Wahlgren that he would be presenting the graphic shot as evidence, and they opted not to witness it.
[Editor's Note: Some readers might find the autopsy photo disturbing, which is why we put it after the jump.]
As the photo was enlarged for the courtroom, Rogers said no milky white fluid was found in Jackson's stomach or esophagus and noted that in addition to Murray admitting to administering the drug, there was not enough evidence to "support self-administration of propofol," and said suggestions that he might have dosed himself in the two minutes Murray stepped away were "unreasonable." He also did not find any precision dosing device and said that there was not enough or adequate equipment present to resuscitate Jackson should he have quit breathing and declared Michael's death a homicide. Court has broken for lunch.
UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Los Angeles County Deputy Medical Examiner Christopher Rogers takes the stand and declares of Michael, "I believe he was healthier than the average person of his age." However, he nevertheless ran down the list of ailments discovered during his autopsy. They include an enlarged prostate gland, which would've made it difficult to urinate, vitiligo, a polyp on his colon, swelling of the nervous system, chronic inflammation and scarring in the lungs, and extra rib, some arthritis, and evidence of root canal and tooth implant therapy. At his death, Michael weighed 136 pounds and while Rogers said he was "thinner than most," he fell within a normal BMI range.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: During the portion of the tape in which Murray recounted how he informed the family that Michael died, Katherine Jackson, sitting in the courtroom, quietly cried while listening to the recording, frequently dabbing tears from her eyes with a tissue. Both daughter Rebbie and family friend Majestik Magnificent put their arms around her to comfort her.
UPDATE 10:20 a.m.: Det. Smith testified that Murray seemed "surprised" when he was informed that police had not yet taken possession of the three medical bags he had left in Jackson's room. He also said that cops searched his car, home, office and storage units and found no propofol, but did turn up the business card of Dr. David Adams, an anesthesiologist from Las Vegas. On cross examination, Smith admitted that police waited four days to search Jackson's home and that they did not take a log of everyone who entered and left the home through that time. Court is now on a mid-morning break.
UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: The recording has concluded. In the last minutes of the interview, Murray said he recommended the family get an autopsy on Jackson "because I wanted to know," and also went through a laundry list of Michael's preexisting medical conditions: among others, Murray had treated him for pneumonia, upper respiratory viral infection, painful calluses and chronic dehydration. "He don't drink, he don't drink and he don't eat," he said. He also noted that Michael saw Dr. Arnold Klein three times a week, though never disclosed that to him personally or said what he was being treated for.
UPDATE 9:10 a.m.: Prosecutors wasted no time in resuming playing Murray's interview. Murray said it was "very important" that he console Katherine Jackson after informing her of Michael's death. "I was told that she has a heart condition, I was very, very careful giving information to her...she started weeping, I stayed there, I held her hand."
He also said that he was part of the group, which also included Michael Amir Williams and social workers, that informed the children. He said they began "weeping, really weeping...They cried and cried and cried. I told [Paris], we would take care of her."
Paris reportedly asked Murray through tears, "'You save a lot of people. Why didn't you save my daddy? I know you tried your best, I know you tried your best.' Then she asked to see him, and then that was another thing. How do you let the children see him?"
Welcome to week three.
While court wasn't in session yesterday, thanks to the Columbus Day holiday, the gang is all back in action this morning. First up on the stand will be Los Angeles Police Det. Scott Smith, who will resume his testimony from Friday. Lest you have forgotten where things ended up, prosecutors played the majority of the two-plus hour interview they conducted with Conrad Murray in the days after Michael Jackson's death. They did not manage to play the whole thing for the jury, however, and it's expected to be finished off this morning.
The lengthy interview was serving as a presumptive substitute for Murray himself testifying during the five-week trial, though rumors sparked yesterday that he may actually take his chances and the stand sometime in the coming weeks. So watch this space.
Meanwhile, E! Online will, as always, be streaming today's proceedings starting at 8:45 a.m. PT.
—Additional reporting by Baker Machado and Ken Baker
(Originally published on Oct. 11, 2011 at 8:40 a.m. PT)