The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray in connection with Michael Jackson’s death has been delayed until September to allow expert witnesses time to prepare. The doctor has waived his right to a speedy trial to allow this to happen. But what effect will the delay have on Michael Jackson’s children, who are said to be confused that the doctor may have caused their father’s death?
Superior Court judge Michael Pastor has postponed opening statements which were scheduled for this week. He is also set to release potential jurors who have started the screening process. A new jury will now be selected from September 8, with opening statements starting later that month.
Dr. Conrad Murray’s lawyers requested a postponement in order to prepare for new prosecution experts who are expected to be called as witnesses. Murray has therefore waived his right to the speedy trial he was initially seeking, to give his lawyers time to prepare for the experts.
Judge Pastor agreed to a delay out of a need for fundamental fairness in the trial. Dr. Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. However, singer Michael Jackson’s three children are reportedly confused by allegations that Dr. Conrad Murray, a man they considered a friend, housemate and someone who cared for their dad, inadvertently killed the singer!
Their aunt, Alejandra Jackson, has said that the children now want nothing to do with Dr. Murray. She has said how Prince (14), Paris (13) and Blanket (9), were shocked to learn of Murray’s possible involvement with their famous father’s death. He’s alleged to have caused Michael Jackson’s death involuntarily by injecting him with a powerful anaesthetic to help him sleep.
“There is no relationship with Dr. Murray. I know the children don’t want nothing to do with him. He was always so nice to the children and he was there to help with their dad. So it was confusing for them,” said Alejandra, who has four children to two of MJ’s brothers, Randy and Jermaine. She is the ex-wife of Jermaine Jackson.