Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Jackson trial jury selection begins

Michael Jackson died in June 2009 in Los Angeles

Jury selection has begun under tight security for the trial of the doctor charged in the death of Michael Jackson.

The judge has temporarily moved the proceedings for the involuntary manslaughter case to a jury assembly room so potential jurors can begin filling out questionnaires about their availability for the case.

The questioning is the first step in the trial of Dr Conrad Murray, who has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the pop superstar's death in June 2009.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said possible jurors would be closely guarded and would not be in public areas of the courthouse. Instead, the judge says they will be brought food and refreshments and have access to toilets in the assembly room.

Potential jurors who are available for the two-month trial will be asked to fill out a 27-page questionnaire and be asked to return in early May.

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