Evidence intended to prove Michael Jackson could not have caused his own death may not be allowed in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, the judge said Wednesday.
A California appeals court Wednesday denied Murray's petition by for a stay in his trial so that the issue of jury sequestration could be reconsidered, a defense lawyer said. The denial cleared the way for jury selection to start Thursday.
Murray's defense is built on the theory that Jackson drank propofol, the surgical anesthetic the coroner concluded killed him, while the doctor was away from his bedside on the morning of June 25, 2009.
Prosecutors want jurors to hear expert testimony based on a recent experiment conducted on six university students in Chile they argue proves there is "zero possibility that the propofol was orally ingested."
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor raised questions about the experiment in a hearing Wednesday.
"I need more information about the underlying data since it is not a scientific published article," Pastor said. "I don't know the source of the information."FULL STORY