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Michael Jackson AEG trial: Jury, alternate jurors selected

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Michael Jackson rehearses for his This Is It tour.

Michael Jackson rehearses for his 'This Is It' tour. (AEG Live)

Alternate jurors have been selected in the wrongful death lawsuit Michael Jackson's mother filed against concert promoter AEG.

After 13 days of jury selection, six men and six women were selected from a pool of more than 100 candidates. The jurors include a personal banker, a nurse, a software engineer and a teacher.

"We like the jury. It's a good, diverse jury," said Brian Panish, attorney for the Jackson family.

On Tuesday, four men and two women were picked to be alternates.

Katherine Jackson is suing AEG, claiming it was negligent in hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 in connection to the singer's death. Attorneys have pegged the potential damages at $40 billion, but jurors will have to determine any amount the family might receive.

AEG denied any wrongdoing. Neither AEG nor Jackson had signed Murray's contract before the singer died.

The trial is expected to last about three months. Many potential jurors were eliminated because of the projected length of the trial.

Some evidence excluded from Murray's trial, including Jackson's financial and medical records, could be used in the civil case, possibly offering new insight into the singer's life before his death on June 25, 2009, at the age of 50.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin on Monday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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