Opening statements in Jackson death trial

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 - 6:18am

HOLLYWOOD HOOKUP - Doctor Conrad Murray was treating singer Michael Jackson at the time of the star's death. Now a jury will decide if he is responsible.

That jury of seven men, five women was seated last Friday, but the trial is finally beginning in earnest Tuesday morning - more than two years after Jackson's death.

But Dr. Murray is not on trial for murder. This is an involuntary manslaughter case, in which both sides acknowledge that the singer had a hand in his own death.

The prosecution has said Murray violated the physician's standard of care by giving Jackson the surgical anesthetic, Propofol, to help him sleep.

The defense is expected to argue that Jackson was a hopeless addict who gave himself the final, fatal dose.

It's unclear if Murray, who has mostly stayed silent in public for the past two years, will take the stand. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
 

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