Prince Michael and Paris have told their grandmother Katherine they want to testify in the manslaughter trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of killing their pop superstar father with an overdose of a powerful anesthetic.
At present, Katherine Jackson is reluctant to agree to this but the kids are apparently insistent. Their grandmother is worried that to testify in court would be too traumatic for them, but they want to share what they know of their father’s last few days and hours. They want to have an opportunity to say what they saw on the day that Michael Jackson died.
Jackson’s sister, LaToya is privately supporting the children’s wish to testify against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter of the Thriller singer June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson was aged 50.
However, the aunt and grandmother argue that Blanket, the youngest child of Michael Jackson, is too young to testify.
A source close to the Jackson family believes that Katherine will ultimately give in and allow Michael’s eldest two children to take the witness stand against Dr. Conrad Murray. She is keen to protect Michael’s reputation and the children firmly believe their testimony will help prove that Michael did not administer the fatal dose of Propofol himself, as Murray’s defense team allege. They want to help convict the doctor for his part in their father’s death.
Their aunt, LaToya Jackson, also thinks that the experience of testifying may be good for the children, to achieve some kind of release. She has never moved away from her belief that Michael Jackson was murdered.
A source connected with the legal case has confirmed they know of Prince Michael and Paris’ wish to testify, but stated that it was likely that only one of them would be called upon to do so. Only if the prosecution was going badly was it likely that both children would be called to the witness stand.
Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket were all included on a potential witness list passed out to the jurors in an attempt to ascertain their familiarity with the family. Also listed were siblings Janet, LaToya, Jermaine, Marlon, Rebbie, Tito and Randy as well as parents Katherine and Joe Jackson.
However, no-one knows if the children’s evidence would weight more heavily in favour of the prosecution or defense. Prior to their father’s death they were close to Dr. Murray and trusted him as someone who would help their father.
Prince Michael, if he testifies, would tell court how he walked into his father’s bedroom in the middle of his doctor’s doomed attempts to revive him. Murray has insisted Prince Michael and Paris were hurried from the room after the star’s daughter burst into tears and screamed ‘Daddy’.
Murray, who was hired as Jackson’s personal physician tot help him prepare for a series of comeback concerts in London is pleading not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
Opening statements are scheduled to begin Tuesday before Judge Michael Pastor in the Los Angeles Superior Court. A jury of seven men and five women was selected last week.