Michael Jackson took his own life over financial worries, a court has heard.
Lawyers acting for Dr Conrad Murray have argued that the Thriller artist took “desperate measures” because he was in debt.
The claims were made at a preliminary hearing for the physician’s trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter. It will start on May 9.
Dr Murray is accused of administering a powerful sedative, normally only used in operating theatres, to Michael at the star’s rented mansion.
Meanwhile, prospective jurors were asked if they were fans of the singer.
Screening for the jury also included questions over whether they were familiar with the 27 prescription drugs he may have taken.
Defence attorneys also asked the judge not to allow autopsy photographs of the entertainer to be shown on the grounds they would prejudice the jury.
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