Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday after a jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday to hear the case against Michael Jackson's personal physician
Nearly 100 prospective jurors were in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Friday to face questions from attorneys in the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. The group was selected from an original pool of 145 people.
Attorneys prepared for Friday by reviewing questionnaires that were filled out by prospective jurors. They can dismiss people whose answers indicated certain biases. Information from the questionnaires was intended to help move the process along so that opening statements can begin Tuesday.
"All I've been thinking about was, we wanted to get 12 jurors who are going to make an impartial decision in this case based solely upon the evidence and that's what we have achieved, I think," said defense attorney Michael Flanagan.
The judge gave each side only 20 minutes to question the first 27 prospects. A deputy district attorney referred to the process as "the courtroom version of speed dating, trying to get the most information in a short time.''
Authorities contend Murray adminstered to Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in the bedroom of the singer's rented mansion on June 25, 2009. Murray pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
He could face four years in prison and loss of his medical license if convicted.