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Jury hear Dr Conrad Murray interview.

Summary: For the first time Michael Jackson's doctor's interview with police detectives has been played in public.

For the first time Dr Conrad Murray's interview with police detectives has been played in public detailing his efforts to save Michael Jackson's life.

Jurors who have sat facing the doctor for two weeks listened on Friday as the physician detailed in a recorded interview his treatment of the pop star in the months and hours before his death.

The June 27, 2009 interview, recorded outside a noisy hotel ballroom, gave police their first hint that Jackson's death was not from natural causes and that he had been given the powerful anaesthetic propofol in an effort to cure his extreme insomnia.

Murray told the detectives early in the interview that Jackson was not able to sleep "naturally."

Murray talked through the treatments he gave the singer on the day he died, including doses of the sedatives lorazepam and Versed.

Jackson remained awake for hours after returning home around 1am on June 25, 2009 following rehearsals for a series of comeback concerts.

"It was four thirty in the morning and he was wide awake and then he complained. 'I've got to sleep Dr Conrad, I have these rehearsals to perform," Murray recounted on the recording.

Jackson threatened to cancel that day's rehearsal, so Murray gave him some more lorazepam.

Murray told detectives he relented to Jackson's demand for his "milk" - a nickname the doctor said the singer used for propofol, which is a milky-white liquid.

More than seven months after Murray's interview with detectives, he was charged with involuntary homicide.

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