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Lawyers seek Jackson trial delay

Defence lawyers for the doctor charged over Michael Jackson's death have asked a judge to delay the trial so they can prepare for newly named prosecution witnesses.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor did not immediately rule on the oral motion but instructed lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray to file a formal motion by Sunday afternoon.

Judge Pastor set a hearing for Monday to decide whether to delay the case just two days before jury selection was scheduled to resume and a week before opening statements were expected.

Dr Murray's defence lawyer Ed Chernoff told Judge Pastor the Houston-based cardiologist had agreed to a delay.

Dr Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

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