Michael Jackson death trial starts Tuesday

Sept. 24, 2011 at 10:00 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- The judge in the Los Angeles trial of Michael Jackson's doctor scheduled opening statements for Tuesday.

A seven-man, five-woman jury was finalized Friday to decide the case against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of providing the powerful sleep-inducing drugs that caused Jackson's fatal overdose in 2009.

The Los Angeles Times said Saturday the questions asked by the attorneys for the two sides during jury selection gave some hints of their respective strategies.

The defense is expected to argue that Jackson was addicted to drugs and administered the overdose of propofol, a surgical anesthetic, himself. The prosecution, however, leaned toward the idea of shared responsibility.

Court officials are expecting a throng of spectators and media at the downtown courthouse once the proceedings get under way.

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