The trial of Michael Jackson's personal physician

Dr. Conrad Murray Pre-Trial: Timeline

By Samantha Tata and Hetty Chang
|  Thursday, Sep 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:09 AM PDT
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Almost immediately after Michael Jackson's untimely death in the summer of 2009, his personal physical Dr. Conrad Murray has been embattled over the popstar's passing.

Follow the timeline to track Murray's legal journey against an involuntary manslaughter charge after the King of Pop died while being administered intravenous drugs at his home.

Sept. 23, 2011: A jury is seated for the trial.

Sept. 8, 2011: Jury selection is set to begin in the involuntary manslaughter case against Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray.

Aug. 29, 2011: A judge refuses to allow the defense to call a half-dozen doctors who treated Michael Jackson in the years before his June 2009 death.

Aug. 25, 2011: A defense request that the jury be sequestered is denied.

Aug. 8, 2011: Lawyers in Murray’s case conferred over the jury questionnaire and prosecutors revealed they have a list of drugs Murray prescribed to other patients.

April 29, 2011: Murray’s trial is delayed until September at the request of defense attorneys who said they need more time to line up defense experts to refute new prosecution witnesses. The judge dismisses all of the prospective jurors who had filled out 125-item questionnaires.

April 21, 2011: Prosecution is allowed to show jurors two photos of Jackson’s autopsy, despite attempts by the defense to bar the photos from being entered into record.

March 24, 2011: First round of jury selection begins with more than 300 potential jurors expected. Selected panelists will have to complete a 27-page questionnaire.

Jan. 25, 2011: Murray pleads not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter. The trial is set for March 28.

Jan. 11, 2011: Murray is ordered to stand trial stemming from Jackson’s 2009 death.

Dec. 28: 2010: Prosecutors give the defense half of the residue left in syringes and other medical items found near Jackson’s bed for testing at a private laboratory.

Nov. 30, 2010: Michael Jackson’s father, Joe, re-files a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray and a Las Vegas pharmacy that sold him the powerful anesthetic blamed for Jackson’s death. Joe Jackson originally filed the suit, separate from Murray’s criminal case, in federal court but a judge refused to hear the case and said it should be handled in state court.

June 14, 2010: Murray is allowed to keep his California medical license after a judge denied a request from the California Medical Board to strip him of the certification.

April 5, 2010: Murray’s case is reassigned from Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza to Judge Michael Pastor.

Feb. 10, 2010: Jackson’s final autopsy report is released, noting the superstar died from acute propofol intoxication.

Feb. 8, 2010: Murray pleads not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter after turning himself in to Los Angeles Superior Court. Released on $75,000 bail and permitted to travel throughout the country, Murray surrenders his passport.

Jan. 7, 2010: LA County coroner cites “acute propofol intoxication” as Jackson’s official cause of death. Propofol and lorazepam were found to be the primary drugs responsible, but midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine were also detected in his system.

Nov. 23, 2009: Murray returns to work at his Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston.

Nov. 20, 2009: Search warrant records reveal investigators found receipts in Murray’s Las Vegas medical office showing he purchased the sedative propofol from Applied Pharmacy Services on May 12.

Oct. 1, 2009: Autopsy reports show Jackson’s “overall health was fine,” despite arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries, and chronically inflamed lungs.

Sept. 2, 2009: Jackson’s death certificate is changed to reflect the coroner’s ruling that his death was a homicide, listing the new cause of death as “injection by another.”

July 29, 2009: LA police and DEA agents carry away a half dozen plastic storage containers and several thick manila envelopes from Murray’s home in Las Vegas after a three-hour search.

July 23, 2009: Authorities file for a search warrant of Murray’s property.

July 17, 2009: LA County District Attorney announces that its office is treating Jackson’s death as a homicide.

June 25, 2009: Michael Jackson, 50, dies at his rented Bel Air mansion.

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