Conrad Murray’s lawyers call for jury isolation in Michael Jackson trial

Judge also confirms he will review rehearsal footage leading up to late singer's death

Lawyers for Michael Jackson‘s doctor have asked a judge to consider isolating the jury that will hear the forthcoming manslaughter trial.

Attorneys for Dr Conrad Murray have urged the sequestering of the jury because of fears that massive media coverage could influence them.

But Judge Michael Pastor, who will oversee the trial, said he didn’t think it would be necessary and said it would be unlikely the Los Angeles court system would be able to afford it, reports Reuters.

He also said that he would review 12 to 16 hours of raw footage of Jackson‘s final rehearsals to decide if it should be shown to jurors.

Prosecutors want the footage to be included because they claim it shows that the singer was energetic before his death and eager to begin to start a series of London shows at the time.

Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

The trial has been delayed until September 8, more than two years after Jackson‘s death from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic used as a sleeping aid.