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Michael Jackson's death: Judge postpones start of Conrad Murray's trial for 1 month

March 2, 2011 |  3:20 pm

A judge Wednesday postponed opening statements in the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor for a month to give both sides more time to share information with each other.

Hundreds of prospective jurors will report as scheduled to a downtown courthouse March 24 to fill out questionnaires regarding Dr. Conrad Murray’s case, but Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor said the final selection of panelists will not begin until May 4.

“Because of the nature and extent of discovery in this case, counsel wanted a little more time,” Pastor said after a 40-minute closed-door meeting with attorneys.

Murray, 57, is accused of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s 2009 death. He has pleaded not guilty.

-- Harriet Ryan