Prosecutors can show jurors two images from Michael Jackson's autopsy during the involuntary manslaughter trial of the pop star's doctor, a judge ruled Thursday.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the photographs, one of which shows Jackson clothed and another one with him nude, are relevant to the case and described them as benign photos that are not graphic or gruesome.
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said he is aware the singer's family will be in the courtroom during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, adding that the images will be carefully displayed.
The prosecutor said the images will bolster its case that the singer was healthy overall, and that they would also show puncture marks on Jackson's body.
Defense attorneys objected to the photos being displayed during trial, arguing that coroner's officials and experts can describe Jackson's condition without showing the images.
Murray, a Houston-based cardiologist, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. Authorities have accused him of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom of his rented mansion in June 2009.