A judge in California has postponed the latest hearing in the Michael Jackson manslaughter case to give lawyers more time to wade through hours of the singer's tour rehearsal footage.
The Thriller hitmaker's physician Dr. Conrad Murray is accused of administering the fatal dose of anaesthetic that killed the superstar in 2009, just weeks before he was due to hit the stage in London for his This Is It comeback concerts.
Murray is set to stand trial later this year (11) after pleading not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter, and last month (Jun11), lawyers won permission to show raw, previously unseen footage of the King of Pop's show rehearsals.
Prosecutors hope the footage will show Jackson was fit and healthy in the weeks leading up to his death, while the defence claims the tapes will demonstrate he was sick - but it could take weeks for all the lawyers to view the relevant video clips.
Defence attorney Nareg Gourjian says, "So far, we have found a lot of important stuff. There are about eight to 10 different cameras that were recording the rehearsals and each one has different views and different footage. So it is critical that we review the footage from each camera."
A hearing in the case was scheduled to take place on 12 July (11), but on Wednesday (06Jul11), Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor accepted requests to push it back until 20 July (11) to give both sides more time to view the rehearsal videos.
The involuntary manslaughter trial is set to begin on 8 September (11).