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LOS ANGELES – The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician charged in Michael Jackson’s death, opens Tuesday with a bit of star power and the one thing the King of Pop enjoyed throughout his life – a worldwide audience. The case will enter a crucial final act in a packed Los Angeles courtroom with opening statements and the start of testimony.
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While much is known about Jackson’s June 2009 death, the trial will reveal new information and provide a detailed record of the singer’s final hours. Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial is expected to be the first time that the public hears – in the defendant’s own words – his account of what happened in the bedroom of Jackson’s rented mansion.
Prosecutors plan to call the pop superstar’s friend and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, as their first witness in the case.
During the next five weeks, prosecutors will rely on Ortega and other witnesses to detail Jackson’s final days and hours. They will explain to a jury of seven men and five women exactly how the King of Pop died. Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray, who faces four years in prison and the loss of his medical license if convicted of involuntary manslaughter, hope to poke holes in the prosecution’s case and present jurors with their own theory that the singer was culpable for his own death.
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