Canadian singer David Walsh has been excused from jury duty in the upcoming Michael Jackson wrongful death trial after revealing he had personal links to the King of Pop's entourage.
The Thriller hitmaker's mother, Katherine, is suing AEG Live bosses, the promoters behind the superstar's doomed This Is It comeback concerts, claiming they were negligent in ignoring life-threatening health concerns, and holding them responsible for hiring Conrad Murray, the medic who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for causing the singer's 2009 death.
The jury selection process, which began earlier this month (02Apr13), continues at Los Angeles Superior Court and on Monday (15Apr13), Walsh was released from the prospective pool.
He told the court, "I've had friends in Michael's band and my best friend was a back-up singer on the This Is It concert (sic).
He also admitted that he had formed his own opinions about the case and was unlikely to deliver an unbiased judgement if he had been picked to serve in the trial.
By the end of Monday, the group of potential jurors had been whittled down to 87, with more expected to be excused on Tuesday.