Things aren’t looking rosy for Michael Jackson’s doctor, as eight out of twelve Jacko trial jurors are his fans.
The trial begins in Los Angeles today, where Conrad Murray, 58, is accused of killing Jackson two years ago with an overdose of a powerful sedative.
A 30-page questionnaire asked around 400 potential jurors: “Have you ever considered yourself a fan of Michael Jackson or the Jackson family?”
The answers from those selected have emerged, showing that eight of the seven men and five women present are or have been fans.
One Mexican-American woman loved the late superstar’s music in her childhood and another juror particularly liked Thriller.
The jury is made up of six white jurors, five Hispanic and one African-American, all aged between 32 and 57.
The prosecution claims Murray killed Jackson, 50, at his rented LA home last June.
Murrays lawyers claimed Jackson was “under the influence” three months before he died, using a video showing the star announcing his O2 comeback to back this up.
But judge Michael Pastor said this was “not relevant to what may or may not have happened”.
Murray denies involuntary manslaughter but admitted to giving Jackson sedatives, including the potent drug Propofol.
Jackson used the anaesthetic, which he called his “milk” to fight severe insomnia.
Medical experts and pathologists will speak in court as the judge and jury attempt to uncover how the King of Pop came to overdose on Propofol.
Murray’s lawyers plan to argue that Jackson took the fatal dose himself when Murray had left the room.