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Conrad Murray trial: Who’s who in the jury

November 7, 2011 | 12:53 pm

Conrad Murray

A jury of seven men and five women is deciding the fate of Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson's personal physician.

About 50% said they considered themselves fans of Jackson or his family and most had not seen the movie "This is It," released after the singer's death.

Based on their answers to a 32-page questionnaire, here is a closer look at the jurors:

VERDICT: Dr. Conrad Murray guilty in the death of Michael Jackson

Juror No. 1 is a 51-year-old Mexican-born man who has worked for 24 years as a letter carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. His wife is a medical assistant, and he is the father of five. This is his first time serving on a jury. He watches "Law & Order," is a fan of Michael Jackson's music and tends to believe law enforcement officers, firefighters and doctors are "always believable."

Juror No. 2 is a 57-year-old woman who was born in Spain. She is currently unemployed but worked as an accounting manager. Her primary news source is NPR. She has served on five previous juries. She closely followed the O.J. Simpson trial –- "A TV was brought to the office for everyone to follow it" -- but said it did not affect her opinion of the criminal justice system. She does not consider herself a Jackson fan.

Juror No. 3 is a 45-year-old man who works as a partner in a management consulting firm. His wife is a former registered nurse, and both his brother-in-law and cousin are physicians. He also has relatives who are attorneys. He was seated on two previous juries, including a murder case in 1994. He does not consider himself a Jackson fan but watched "This Is It," the posthumous Jackson concert documentary, on Netflix out of curiosity.

INTERACTIVE: A look at the jury

Juror No. 4 is a 32-year-old man who has worked as a part-time bookseller and cashier. He served as a U.S. Army National Guard specialist as a telecom operator. His primary source of news is the Internet. He has both positive and negative impressions of Jackson: "I think he was talented and I think probably a good person. I am aware of allegations as to his treatment of children but have not drawn any of my own conclusions without having personal knowledge of seeing any evidence."

Juror No. 5 is a 48-year-old woman who has worked as a paralegal for 30 years. She watched the Casey Anthony murder trial "on and off" because a family member was very interested but said it did not affect her opinion of the criminal justice system. She does not consider herself a Jackson fan.

Juror No. 6 is a 39-year-old Cuban/Mexican man who works as an associate director of product management. He is an occasional reader of various Internet news and gossip sites, including drudgereport.com, perezhilton.com and thewrap.com. He considers himself a Jackson fan and owns various Michael Jackson, Jackson 5 and Janet Jackson CDs.

Juror No. 7 is a 54-year-old Mexican American woman who works in office management/customer service as a relocation representative. She followed the Casey Anthony case and witnessed "an outcome of a jury who saw evidence differently than the public majority." She believes people of wealth or fame are treated differently in the court system, citing Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton and Britney Spears as examples.

Juror No. 8 is a 42-year-old Mexican-born school bus driver. He "strongly agrees" that celebrities in Los Angeles get away with crimes because of their status. He does not consider himself a fan of Michael Jackson but has a positive opinion of him.

Juror No. 9 is a 54-year-old African American man who works as a technical director in television. He has served on two criminal juries and one civil jury. He considers himself a Jackson fan –- particularly when he was younger –- but now is more of a "Jay-Z fan."

Juror No. 10 is a 43-year-old woman who was born in England. She works in international marketing but previously worked as a pathology/medical technician in a biochemistry lab and has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry. She wanted to serve on the jury as a new U.S. citizen.

Juror No. 11 is a 36-year-old L.A.-born Latina who works as a customer service representative in workers' compensation insurance. She reads People magazine and TMZ.com and watches reality television. She followed the Casey Anthony trial, but it did not affect her opinion of the criminal justice system. She was shot in a drive-by shooting in 1993.

Juror No. 12 is a 54-year-old man who retired from animating characters for motion pictures. He currently teaches college-age students. He considers Michael Jackson a "gifted performer" and has owned Jackson CDs and albums since he was a teenager.


Colorful crowd awaits verdict at courthouse

Odds ‘heavily stacked’ toward guilty, expert says

Defense calls Conrad Murray a victim as case goes to jury

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: Dr. Conrad Murray  Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Pool photo