Dr. Conrad Murray, the personal physician accused of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson, burst into tears this morning during his trial in Los Angeles. It wasn't testimony about the King of Pop's final minutes that made Murray openly weep, or the revelation that the Jackson's oldest son walked into the room while Murray was trying to resuscitate the singer. Instead, the court was hearing from defense witnesses -- Murray's former patients -- who praised the doctor for helping them through their assorted ailments. The defendant also wept when one witness discussed how the physician opened up a clinic in memory of Murray's father.
It was a brief, humanizing moment for Murray, who has been painted by the prosecution throughout the trial as a money-hungry drug peddler who used sedatives to help Jackson sleep. It wasn't the first time Murray showed emotion in open court and on national television: During the defense's opening statements last month, the doctor also visibly cried as his lawyers talked about his relationship with the King of Pop. With testimony in the manslaughter trial expected to end this week, this touching image of Murray may resonate in the minds of jurors as they weigh a verdict.