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Five Latinos selected as Jurors in Michael Jackson Doctor Trial

Five Latinos selected as Jurors in Michael Jackson Doctor Trial

The 12-person jury selected on Friday to hear the manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s former doctor includes five Latinos.

The panel of seven men and five women includes one man who said he briefly met Jackson when he worked at Walt Disney Co in the 1980s and the singer was starring in a “Captain EO” film that was a Disney theme park attraction. That juror told attorneys he could approach the trial fairly, the AP reports.

Half of the panelists selected were Caucasian and five were Hispanic. The panel also includes one African American juror. Jackson was black and so is the defendant, Dr. Conrad Murray.

The jurors have a wide range of professions, including a bookseller, school bus driver, paralegal and professor, according to questionnaires released after the selection.

Friday’s proceeding is the culmination of weeks of close scrutiny of the jury pool. Earlier this month 370 potential jurors completed a 30-page questionnaire, beginning the process of narrowing the pool to the 12 people now selected.

Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the “Thriller” singer’s death on June 25, 2009, at age 50.

Based on reporting from the Associated Press.

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