Jury Selection Begins For Dr. Conrad Murray Trial
Posted on Thu Sep 8, 2011 05:19 PM PDT

cmurray200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) Jury selection has begun for the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

Attorneys began the screening process of about 160 prospective jurors Thursday morning in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. When Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael E. Pastor asked if any of the potential jurors had not heard of the case, no one raised their hands.

"We didn't expect that you've been living under a rock for the last few years, or you'd made a pit stop here from Mars,” the judge remarked.

Murray is accused of involuntarily killing Jackson in June 2009 by administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Though Murray admits to administering the drug to Jackson in the past, he and his defense attorneys claim that someone other than Murray administered the dose that resulted in Jackson’s death.

Officials anticipate that it will take about two weeks to gather a pool of 100 people who are willing and qualified to serve on the case, which will be measured in a questionnaire of about 30 pages. A total of 12 people will ultimately constitute the jury.

The opening statements for Dr. Conrad Murray’s trial are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27.