The murder trial for Conrad Murray convened today at 12:30 p.m. Katherine & Joseph Jackson arrived together with Rebbie Jackson. Randy Jackson arrived late and had to stand in the back with the baliffs.
The Judge set a date for the beginning of the preliminary hearing for January 4, 2011at 12:30 pm. He also set a status date for October 26, 2010, for any motions to be heard or any issues that need to be resolved before the preliminary hearing. The judge did not want to violate the chain of custody, but the defense wanted to reexam before the fluids either turned up missing, destroyed or its integrity is lessened.
The attorneys for the medical board were present. Conrad Murray's attorneys filed a motion requesting to re-test three fluids of Michael Jackson's with a positive result. The judge asked them to work out this request amongst themselves, including the coroner's office, but make sure that it is resolved before the next hearing of Oct. 26th.
The judge also said that the reason for continuing the preliminary hearing until January was because there were still outstanding issues regarding discovery, documents and witness availability.
A VOICE FOR MICHAEL: It is my personal opinion that they are dragging their feet. Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009. The preliminary hearing won't start for almost two years after his death. I think this is absurd! They are dragging this case along hoping that it will lose steam in the media, with the fans so that it can be swept under the rug. Enough is enough. We need to request that this case be moved from the state court to the Federal criminal court. While they are dragging their feet, Conrad Murray is vacationing, practicing his medicine as usual, when his license should have been revoked, his bail should have been set at $3million dollars and his charge should be 1st degree murder.