Conrad Murray Trial On Hold Because Of Death

By Corinne Rose

October 17, 2011 Updated Oct 17, 2011 at 8:03 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES, California (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The Conrad Murray trial in Los Angeles is on hold because of a death.

The involuntary manslaughter trial is delayed at least for today because the father of the prosecution's last witness passed away last week.

That witness, Dr. Steven Shafer, is an anesthesiology expert.

He is key to the prosecution's case that Dr. Conrad Murray was negligent in using a powerful sedative to help Michael Jackson sleep when the pop star died in 2009.

The trial will resume after Shafer attends his father's funeral.

The prosecution is then expected to rest its case later this week and Murray's lawyers will begin presenting their case.

They could call up to 15 witnesses as they seek to prove Jackson self-administered the drug.

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