Opening Arguments Begin in Conrad Murray/Michael Jackson Trial
Two years after Michael Jackson's death, opening arguments begin tomorrow for Dr. Conrad Murray, charged with manslaughter for allegedly administering a deadly amount of propofol to Jackson and then failing to properly monitor him. [More...]
The trial is being televised and live-streamed. You can watch here.
The parties were in court today arguing the last of pre-trial motions. The jury was finalized last week. Much of the trial will be about the sedative propofol.
The defense will argue that Murray did not administer the fatal dose of propofol. They allege Jackson took the powerful sedative on his own. The defense contends Jackson's health was compromised through a history of taking medications. They say there was also pressure to expand his tour from 10 concerts to 50.
"We think that Michael Jackson was involved in certain acts that ended his own life," defense attorney Ed Chernoff told Judge Michael Pastor on Tuesday morning. "We think that he was desperate at the time that he did that."
Who's on the jury?
A jury of seven men and five women were selected, and half of them are Jackson fans. Five are Hispanic, six are Caucasian and one juror is black.
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