Lawyers want to show Jackson press conference

September 20, 2011 - 8:45 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson want to show jurors at the upcoming trial footage of a press conference in which the singer spoke of performing in only 10 shows.

A motion filed Tuesday says the recording of Jackson as he announced his "This Is It" concerts would show his mental and physical condition in March 2009.

The motion says the footage supports the anticipated testimony of Jackson's makeup artist Karen Faye that the pop star was furious when he learned he would have to do 50 shows.

Lawyers for defendant Conrad Murray allege Jackson was not physically able to take on such a commitment.

Murray's involuntary manslaughter trial begins Friday with jury selection. He is accused of negligence in Jackson's death from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol.