Trial of Michael Jackson doctor delayed to May

Last Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 09:43 AM IST

Los Angeles: A judge on Wednesday delayed opening statements in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson`s doctor until May 9, giving attorneys for both sides more time to share information.

The trial of Dr. Conrad Murray had been slated to begin on March 24, which remains the date prospective jurors will be called upon to fill out questionnaires, according to the ruling by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor.

Murray is accused of illegally giving Jackson the powerful anesthetic propofol and other drugs as sleep aids, leading to the pop star`s June 2009 death.

The doctor had been hired to aid the "Thriller" singer as he prepare for a series of comeback concerts.

The Houston-based doctor has pleaded not guilty to the charge and faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Bureau Report