Court officials have confirmed that the civil trial, in which the family of Michael Jackson is suing the concert promoters AEG Live, will begin on April 29, 2013. The concert promoters are prosecuting against the wrongful death of the singer in the year 2009. The family of the ‘Beat It’ singer said that the promoters were responsible for Michael’s death as they hired Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted for involuntary manslaughter in the year 2011.
A jury of six men and six women was selected for the Los Angeles trial, that is expected to last up to six months. Jackson had died of an overdose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol while the singer was preparing for 50 comeback concerts in the UK.
The Jackson family has claimed that AEG Live is responsible for the death, as they had hired Dr. Murray, who had supplied Jackson with the surgical drug which caused his death. The family of the ‘Heal The World’ singer has sued the company for $40 bn, but AEG said that it was not responsible for the hiring or supervision of the doctor and called the $40 bn claim as preposterous.
The witnesses of the case include Michaels mother, his two eldest children, as well as singers Diana Ross and Prince.