Eight of the 12 jurors chosen to sit in the trial of Michael Jackson‘s doctor Conrad Murray have been revealed to be fans of the singer.
According to The Sun, all 400 potential jurors for the trial, which begins in Los Angeles today (September 27), had to complete a 30-page questionnaire. One of the questions was: ‘Have you ever considered yourself a fan of Michael Jackson or the Jackson family?’ In the answers they gave, eight of the 12 jurors chosen are or were fans, with one Mexican-American woman admitting she loved Jackson’s music as a child and another admitting they particularly liked ‘Thriller’.
Murray, who was Jackson‘s doctor at the time of his death, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
Last week, it emerged in leaked courts documents that Murray told a paramedic the singer was “fine” as he lay dead.
LA paramedic Richard Senneff, who will be a key witness at the trial, claimed in a statement the doctor stood in front of Jackson and said: “He doesn’t have a problem. He is fine. He was practising all night. I’m just treating him for dehydration.”
Senneff, who was first on the scene after a guard called 911, says he also believes Murray lied to him about what drugs he had given Jackson. He has also claimed that he later saw Murray clearing bottles from the room and he found him performing CPR on the bed after 911 operators had told him to move Jackson to the floor.