The Kids: Jackson's three children -- Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket -- were huge targets of the paparazzi in the months following Jackson's death, as he had famously kept them covered up with veils during their public outings. At Jackson's Staples Center memorial, Paris said that the Smooth Operator singer was "the best father you could ever imagine." The trio was on the premises they day their father died -- Paris and Prince Michael were actually in the room while the King of Pop was in cardiac arrest. They have reportedly asked to testify in the trial, but the prosecution won't likely call them as witnesses.
The Jackson Family: Most of Michael's celebrity family -- including his parents Joe and Katherine, and siblings LaToya, Reebe, Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Tito -- were front and center at the trail to see justice done for their late relative. Many have been outspoken in interviews in their belief that Murray is responsible for the King of Pop's demise at 50. Of Murray, Katherine said, "He killed him ... he wasn't monitoring him," while Latoya said she believes Murray "was a part of a much larger plan." Janet fingered Murray as "the one who was administering," and that "he should be responsible" for Jackson's death. Joe is suing Murray for wrongful death.
Michael Amir Williams: Jackson's personal assistant, Williams testified that Murray summoned him to Jackson's home on June 25, 2009, but made no mention of calling 911. Williams said he showed up, and seeing Jackson being wheeled out of the home, drove his three kids to UCLA medical center. Williams added Murray told him to head back home to retrieve a mysterious cream he said the Beat It singer "wouldn't want the world to know about.
Alberto Alvarez: Jackson's bodyguard, Alvarez tried to administer CPR on the singer's body posthumously. He testified that in the chaotic moments following the death, Murray ordered him to get rid of various medical supplies (IV bag, vials, a saline bag) that were on the premises at the King of Pop's Holmby Hills mansion June 25, 2009.
Defense Attorney Ed Chernoff: Murray hired the Texas-based to defend him in this high-profile celebrity case. According to his firm's website, as a former assistant for the Harris County District Attorney's office, Chernoff tried 70 jury trials, losing only one felony trial. He also holds the record for the quickest acquittal in the Southern District of the US Courts, as a jury once acquitted his client after a 15-minute deliberation. In Jackson's trial, Chernoff maintains Jackson took a fatal drug dose of propofol and sedative lorazepam while Murray was out of the room, ultimately creating a "perfect storm in his body that killed him instantly."
Deputy District Attorney David Walgren: The man prosecuting Murray has been in the Los Angles County District Attorney's Office for 16 years. In his opening statement, Walgren said Murray was evasive about how he administered propofol to Jackson. Walgren said Murray's greed, "gross negligence," and "unskilled hands" led him to "abandon all principles of medical care" in his treatment of the late singer. Deborah Brazil is assisting Walgren in the case.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor: The L.A. County Bar Association’s 2007 Judge of the Year receives arguably the most high-profile celebrity case in the City of Angels since the O.J. Simpson odyssey of the 90s. So far, Pastor has made a few bold moves, permitting TV cameras inside the court, as well as not allowing the jury to be sequestered.
Michael Jackson: Arguably the most celebrated entertainer of the past 50 years, Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death shocked the world, as he was mounting his comeback with a 50-show stint in London slated just weeks after he died via acute propofol intoxication. While Jackson’s purported eccentricities -- and two separate incidents of molestation allegations -- cast something of a cloud over his image the last 16 years of his life, he was well honored and remembered in death by his huge global fanbase.
Dr. Conrad Murray: Jackson's live-in physician has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter. The 58-year-old Houston-based cardiologist was arrested in February 2010 in connection with the singer’s June 25, 2009 death. The legal team for the doctor claims the late King of Pop administered the fatal dose to himself while Murray was out of the room.
Kai Chase was on the premises the day Jackson died. Chase told The Today Show in 2009 she remembered she could "feel the energy change" in the house that day, and security shortly sent her on her way. She said she learned of Jackson's death on the radio and had to pull off the road, hysterically crying. She called the late singer "a fabulous man" and "a fabulous father to his children."
Pharmacist Tim Lopez, of Applied Pharmacy Services, testified that Dr. Conrad Murray "asked me specifically to find pricing and availability of Propofol and normal saline IV bags.” He said Murray told him that the powerful anesthetic was intended for a number of patients at a clinic he ran in Los Angeles (he never had a clinic in California). In testimony, he admitted that the final order Murray placed -- for 40 large vials and 50 small ones -- was on June 10, 2009, just 15 days before Michael Jackson's death.
Dr. Richelle Cooper, an emergency room physician who was on shift when Michael Jackson was brought in, testified that she’d told paramedics the King of Pop could have been declared dead when they worked on him at his home, but he was brought to the hospital, as Murray wanted resuscitation efforts to continue. Cooper testified that Dr. Murray didn't tell her he'd administered Propofol to the superstar, saying he gave him the sedative Lorazepam.
Nicole Alvarez, Dr. Murray's girlfriend and mother of his infant son, testified for the prosecution that she received a series of packages at her Santa Monica apartment -- prosecutors claim the packages contained the anesthetic Propofol -- but never opened them. Alvarez told the court Murray had introduced her to the late King of Pop on a handful of occasions.
Elissa Fleak: The Los Angeles County Coroner's investigator’s work practices were called into question by defense attorney Ed Chernoff during testimony. Chernoff pointed out that Fleak -- who said she always destroys her investigation notes -- did not dispose of her documents from a second trip to Jackson’s house on June 29, 2009. He noted that she left a partial fingerprint on a syringe found in the room (she did not remember if she wore gloves during that outing).
Martin Blount: The Los Angeles-based paramedic/firefighter testified that when he arrived at Jackson's Holmsby Hills mansion, Dr. Murray was "agitated" and asked "for help."
Richard Senneff: the first paramedic on the scene testified Dr. Murray claimed to have called emergency services as soon as he discovered Jackson -- which conflicts the prosecution's statement there was a 20-minute delay before the doctor made the call. The Los Angeles-based paramedic/firefighter said Jackson was "flatlined," and appeared dead, when rescuers arrived at his house, and that at no time during the 42 minutes he was with him, did he see any signs of life.
Dan Anderson: The Los Angeles County coroner's office criminalist testified that the King of Pop died with Propofol in his stomach. He also said six other substances -- including lidocaine, diazepam (Valium), nordiazepam (a metabolite of Valium), lorazepam (Ativan), midazolam (Versed) and ephedrine — were found in the singer’s body after he died.
Dr. Alon Steinberg: the cardiologist said Murray's admission he didn't call 911 for at least 20 minutes -- and his own botched efforts to resuscitate the King of Pop -- greatly impacted Jackson’s chances of survival for the worse. "Every minute counts," he said, dubbing Murray’s behavior as a doctor "strange."
Dr. Nader Kamanger: the UCLA sleep expert supported the prosecution's stance Murray shouldn't have ever administered the King of Pop propofol to help him sleep, calling it “beyond a departure from the standard of care into something unfathomable." Kamanger said Murray shouldn’t have left Jackson -- “a patient that may potentially have a substance abuse problem,” he said -- by himself in the room unsupervised with a plethora of drugs at his disposal.
Photos of the key players in the Conrad Murray trial.