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Michael Jackson doctor trial delayed

03 March 11 09:52
Dr Conrad Murray

A US judge has delayed the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, until May to allow both sides more time to prepare.

Dr Murray told the judge he accepted the delay, so long as it was "not strung along over a long period of time".

Opening statements, due to commence on 24 March, will now begin on 9 May.

Dr Murray denies illegally giving Jackson drugs which led to the singer's death in June 2009.

Lawyers for both sides said they would be ready by the new trial date, after having more time to share information and receive reports from experts.

Screening of prospective jurors will begin, as scheduled, on 24 March.

Prosecutors claim Dr Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol, which is normally administered in hospital settings.

Dr Murray's lawyers have argued that the singer's poor health contributed to his death.

The doctor faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

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