It's only taken two years, but at long last the thriller trial of the man accused of killing Michael Jackson has begun.
Dr Conrad Murray, who worked as the superstar's personal physician allegedly administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol, which ultimately killed him.
But although it's only day one, his lawyers are already arguing about the jury, which will not be sequestered during the hotly anticipated trial.
They claimed they are worried media coverage could leak into the jury pool and are asking for the trial to be put on hold.
Already more than 100 of the potential 182 potential jurors have been screened out of the trial, after filling out a 30-page questionnaire to determine their knowledge of the case.One of those, Linda Deutsch said: “He asked them if anyone did not know about this case, and there was not a single hand was raised in the room.”
Murray’s lawyers are also unhappy they will not be able to call witnesses to testify about Jackson’s past alleged use of Propofol, the powerful anesthetic linked to his death after the judge ruled that such testimony is not relevant in the case.
They plan to claim that Jackson administered the deadly dose of Propofol himself.
A source close to his legal team revealed: "They're trying to show that Jackson had the desire for the drug and had demanded it in the past, so to say that's not relevant is ridiculous.
Opening arguments are scheduled for Sept. 27.