Michael Jackson’s parents and family arrived at a Los Angeles court today for the trial of the doctor accused of his death more than two years ago.
A horde of media watched Jackson’s father Joseph, mother Katherine, sisters LaToya and Janet, and brothers Jermaine, Randy and Tito arrive.
Dr Conrad Murray arrived earlier accompanied by his mother.
The doctor is accused of involuntary manslaughter by giving Jackson the medical anaesthetic propofol and failing to monitor him.
He denies the charges and if found guilty could be jailed for four years.
While much is known about Jackson’s June 2009 death, the trial will reveal new information and provide a detailed record of the singer’s final hours.
It is expected to be the first time that the public hears – in Murray’s own words – his account of what happened in the bedroom of Jackson’s rented mansion.
Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor has limited what Murray’s lawyers can say about Jackson’s history with drugs and his financial troubles.
Prosecutors are similarly prohibited from mentioning some of the messy details of the doctor’s personal life, including his sizeable debts and that he had several mistresses.
The case began with prosecutor Deputy District Attorney David Walgren saying the superstar's misplaced trust in the doctor led to his death.
Mr Walgren showed jurors a slide of Jackson on a hospital trolley and said he would detail what happened in the final hours of the singer’s life, from the time he left rehearsals to the time that paramedics were summoned to his rented mansion.
“What happened during that time frame is that the acts and omissions of Michael Jackson’s personal doctor Conrad Murray directly led to his premature death at age 50.”
He said Jackson trusted Murray as his physician.
“That misplaced trust in Conrad Murray cost Michael Jackson his life,” Mr Walgren said.