|Trial Update: Prince Jackson Will Not Testify|
(18-10-2011) Contrary to reports floating around the Internet this week, Michael Jackson's eldest son Prince, 14, will not testify in the involuntary manslaughter trial of the doctor accused of killing his father.
Dispite mounting speculation that Prince was being prepped to take the stand, Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the Jackson family and legal guardian of Michael's three children, reconfirmed to CNN Tuesday that she is opposed to her grandson being called as a witness and that there are no discussions going on with prosecutors about it.
The relevance of the teenager's testimony increased last week after jurors listened to Murray's recorded police interview.
But Murray never spoke to Michael Jackson's mother or his children at the emergency room, contrary to his statement to police, Trent Jackson said.
Prince, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, Jackson were initially kept in an SUV outside of the emergency room after they followed the ambulance carrying their father to the hospital, Trent Jackson said. Frank Dileo, who was Michael Jackson's manager at the time, later escorted them inside once their grandmother arrived, according to Trent Jackson.
While the truthfulness of Murray's interview is a major issue in the trial, it is not expected that Prince, or his siblings will be called to testify, the relative said. Katherine Jackson, who has custody of the children, is opposed to any of them being called as witnesses, he said.
The maximum sentence Murray could get if convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death is only four years. However, a new California law could mean the doctor may never see the inside of a state prison cell.
Also, the Los Angeles jail is under a court order to reduce overcrowding, which means many non-violent first time offenders are allowed to serve the bulk of their time under supervised house arrest.
A conviction, however, would likely trigger the end of Murray's medical career with his licenses in California, Texas and Nevada being revoked.
The trial has been put on hold until at least Wednesday in order to give the defense time to study new lab test results the prosecution contends show Jackson did not ingest a fatal overdose of the sedative lorazepam.
Despite the delays, the trial, which is in its fourth week, is still expected to wrap up soon with the start of jury deliberations next week.
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