Michael Jackson Manslaughter Trial: Watch the Opening Statements Live

updated 09/27/2011 at 12:00 PM EDT

originally published 09/27/2011 12:30PM



Opening statements began Tuesday morning in the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is implicated in the 2009 death of Michael Jackson.

Watch the court session live.

Murray, 58, is accused of over-sedating Jackson with the powerful anesthetic propofol and failing to notice that Jackson had stopped breathing for crucial minutes before finally calling 911.



Defense attorneys say Jackson drank propofol like milk, and suggest that someone other than Murray, perhaps Jackson himself, administered the fatal dose of the drug when Murray's back was turned.



Murray could get up to four years in prison if convicted of the felony charge of involuntary manslaughter.

His trial is expected to wrap in the end of October.

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