By Jeff Gottlieb
4:21 PM EDT, June 20, 2013
An alternate juror in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial has been dismissed from the panel because of financial hardship.
The man, alternate juror No. 6, had told Judge Yvette Palazuelos that he was moving to Atlanta, where he had bought a house. He said he would be paying rent in Southern California and house payments in Georgia starting next month. He told the judge he had thought the trial would be finished by mid-July, which does not appear to be the case.
"He has moved," Palazuelos told the remaining jurors Thursday morning, which marked the 33rd day of the trial. "Along with moving came some financial hardships.”
Besides the 12 seated jurors, five alternates remain.
Harvard University sleep expert Dr. Charles Czeisler has been testifying Thursday.
The lawsuit was brought by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children. They charge that concert promoter and producer AEG Live hired and controlled Dr. Conrad Murray, who gave the singer a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol. AEG says Murray worked for Jackson and that any payments the company was supposed to make to the doctor were advances to the pop star.
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