- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A judge says the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor will resume Wednesday and defense attorneys will begin their case on Friday.

The judge said Tuesday that if the prosecution’s final witness finishes his testimony Wednesday, there will be no testimony on Thursday. Defense attorneys for Dr. Conrad Murray say their witnesses aren’t available until Friday.

The defense plans to call 15 witnesses, including the head of AEG Live, the company that promoted Jackson’s planned series of comeback concerts. Other witnesses will include police detectives who have not testified, character witnesses and experts.

Jurors haven’t heard any testimony since Thursday due to the schedule of a witness and to give defense attorneys time to investigate newly conducted tests to determine how much of the sedative lorazepam was in Jackson’s body.

Murray has pleaded not guilty

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