Jury to get overview of case against Jackson doc

September 27, 2011 - 3:30 AM
Michael Jackson Doctor

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2011 file photo, Dr. Conrad Murray, singer Michael Jackson's personal physician, appears in Los Angeles Superior Court where Murray pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the pop star's 2009 death. A judge ruled that attorneys for the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death cannot play footage of the singer's news conference promoting his final concerts for jurors. The judge's ruling is among his final in preparation for opening statements in the case on Tuesday Sept. 27,2011. (AP Photo/Irfan Khan, file)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The trial of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death opens with a bit of star power and the one thing the King of Pop enjoyed throughout his life — a worldwide audience.

Prosecutors plan to call the superstar's friend and choreographer, Kenny Ortega, as their first witness in the case, which enters a crucial final act Tuesday with opening statements and the start of testimony.

Authorities contend Dr. Conrad Murray, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter, administered a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol along with other sedatives, and lacked the proper lifesaving equipment to revive Jackson in June 2009.

The defense says Murray was Jackson's friend, a capable protector of the singer's health, prepared to travel with him to Europe, and is still mourning the death.