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TV plans discussed for Jackson doctor trial

Dr. Conrad Murray, a physician for the late pop star Michael Jackson, appears at a child support hearing at Clark County Family Court, Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Las Vegas. (Isaac Brekken)

February 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Attorneys will make their case Tuesday on whether TV cameras should be allowed in the trial of Michael Jackson's physician, who faces a charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty in the pop star's 2009 death. A hearing Tuesday will deal with coverage plans, jury questionnaire issues and discovery of evidence.

Lawyers are also scheduled to present names of proposed witnesses.

The trial, which is set to begin March 24, is expected to last about six weeks. If Murray is found guilty, he could face up to four years in prison.

Jackson died on June 25, 2009, in his Holmby Hills mansion with Murray present. The coroner's office ruled the cause of death was acute propofol intoxication complicated by benzodiazopene sedatives. A dozen vials of propofol were found in Jackson's bedroom after his death.

Murray's lawyers say he did nothing that should have caused Jackson's death. Prosecutors allege gross negligence in Murray's administering of the anesthetic, which is intended for use in hospitals.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.