London, Sept 27 (ANI): Michael Jackson’s eldest children have expressed their desire to testify in Dr. Conrad Murray’s manslaughter trial – which begins Tuesday in Los Angeles.
According to Radaronline, Prince, 14, and Paris, 13, have informed their grandmother Katherine of their intentions, but agree that their younger brother Blanket, 9, is too young to take the stand.
However, it is being reported that their 81-year-old grandmother is concerned about the effect the ordeal will have on them.
“Katherine is resisting the move, because she knows how traumatic it would be for them. But both Prince and Paris have said they want to tell the jury what they saw on the day their father died,” the Daily Mail quoted a source close to the Jackson family as saying.
“Both LaToya and Katherine agree, however, that Blanket should not testify as he is too young,” the source said.
“Prince and Paris are determined to take the stand, though. Ultimately, I don’t believe Katherine will deny them that chance, even though she doesn’t want them to and has told them so,” the source added.
The kids are also understood to have said that they don’t want their father’s legacy to be tarnished by the trial and they believe their evidence will help convict Dr Murray.
However, an insider has said that the children’s testimony could have the opposite affect and may end up actually helping Dr Murray’s case.
“Prince and Paris adored Dr Murray and thought he was a godsend for their father,” the source told the Daily Mail.
“It was only after their father’s death that they formed a subsequent opinion of him. Both Prince and Paris could take the stand and wind up providing evidence which supports the doctor,” the insider added.
The insider said their testimony could help Murray’s defence further if the children are questioned about their father’s long-term drug use.
“Prince and Paris knew their dad relied on Dr. Murray to survive and knew their father adored him. Their comments could save him from jail because it would work well in the eyes of a jury,” the insider added. (ANI)