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Jackson fan at Conrad Murray trial: 'We want to know what happened'

October 7, 2011 |  7:29 am

Conrad Murray trial demonstrators outside courthouse
Ron Pritchard makes his living impersonating Sammy Davis Jr., but his real idol is Michael Jackson.

For that reason, Pritchard has visited the Los Angeles County courthouse nearly every day of the Dr. Conrad Murray trial.

On Thursday, the eighth day of the trial, Pritchard, 45, arrived at 6 a.m. to show support for Jackson. He has spent some days in the courtroom and some outside.

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“It’s just that we want to know what happened,” Pritchard said of Jackson’s fans. “It ain’t going to bring Michael back. I’m very passionate about this. I loved everything about him.”

Pritchard, an actor and dancer who enjoys busting out Jackson's famous dance moves when he's not impersonating Davis, held up a banner Thursday outside the downtown L.A. courthouse that read: “Justice for Michael. We will always be with you.”

A photo on the banner showed Jackson in a white suit giving a peace sign.

When another Jackson fan arrived with a sign bearing Jackson’s photo, Pritchard smiled.

“That’s a beautiful portrait,” he said.

Pritchard never will forget the day Jackson died, he said.

He was watching television when he saw a news alert that Jackson might be dead. When he learned it was true, he could not believe it.

“It’s just like hearing a loved one died,” Pritchard said. “If you loved them, your natural reaction would be one of unbelief, one of sadness, and if you happen to believe it, you want to know how, when and why it happened.”

Learning how Jackson died “made it even more tragic,” Pritchard said.

Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, is charged with involuntary manslaughter.


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Photo: Demonstrators holds signs on the sidewalk outside the courthouse Sept. 30 during the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA.