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Timeline: Michael Jackson trial
18 November, 2003
Police search Michael Jacksons Neverland ranch
Police with a search warrant raided Mr Jackson's Neverland ranch at 0830 local time 1630 GMT giving the first public indication that the star was being investigated. Mr Jackson's lawyer said the investigation had been going on for two months and arose from allegations of sexual abuse of a 12yearold boy.
19 November, 2003
Arrest warrant issued
20 November, 2003
Mr Jackson is arrested and freed on 3m pound1.65m bail
18 December, 2003
Formal charges laid
Mr Jackson is charged with seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering intoxicating liquor to a minor with the intent of committing a crime.
25 December, 2003
Mr Jackson gives his first interview since allegations broke
Speaking to the CBS TV network in a hotel room Mr Jackson said he would quotslit my wristsquot before he would hurt a child. He also claimed he suffered a dislocated shoulder after police quotmanhandledquot him and treated him quotvery roughlyquot during his arrest.
16 January, 2004
The singer pleads not guilty in court after arriving 21 minutes late
21 April, 2004
Mr Jackson indicted by grand jury to stand trial
25 April, 2004
He changes his defence lawyers
30 April, 2004
The star pleads not guilty to 10 child molestation charges including a fresh charge of conspiracy to abduct a child
28 May, 2004
Judge Rodney Melville sets tentative date for the trial of 13 September
27 July, 2004
The judge agrees to the defences request to delay the trial until 31 January 2005
17 September, 2004
The singer and his family watch the mother of his accuser give evidence in a pretrial hearing
4 December, 2004
Police raid Neverland ranch a second time
19 January, 2005
British journalist Martin Bashir asks not to be called as a witness
Bashir made a 2003 documentary in which Mr Jackson admitted sleeping in the same room as children at his ranch. Prosecutors want him to testify about other things the singer said or did that were not used in the programme. But Bashir said his work quotspeaks for itselfquot. Bashir now works for US network ABC.
30 January, 2005
The singer posts a video message on his website calling for a fair trial
31 January, 2005
Jury selection begins
15 February, 2005
The singer is rushed to hospital with flu and the trial is postponed for a week.
28 February, 2005
Trial opens with statements from prosecution and defence.
1 March, 2005
UK journalist Martin Bashir takes the witness stand but refuses to answer several questions.
9 March, 2005
Gavin Arvizo the 15yearold who accused Mr Jackson of molesting him takes the witness stand.
28 March, 2005
Judge Rodney Melville allows past allegations against the singer to be used in evidence.
13 April, 2005
Janet Arvizo the mother of the boy accusing Mr Jackson takes the stand.
28 April, 2005
Debbie Rowe the singers exwife takes the stand.
Ms Rowe tells the court she was not forced to praise Mr Jackson in a 2003 video. She goes on to say he is quotgenerous to a fault good father and great with kids but calls his aides quotopportunistic vulturesquot.
5 May, 2005
The prosecution case ends marking the halfway stage.
Judge Melville refuses to throw out the charges and the defence begins with alleged victims mothers and ranch employees called to testify that Mr Jackson is not an abuser.
11 May, 2005
Macaulay Culkin appears and denies being abused.
Culkin who met Mr Jackson as a child star after appearing in 1990 film Home Alone says allegations that the singer abused him are quotabsolutely ridiculousquot. But he does admit sharing a bed with Mr Jackson.
24 May, 2005
TV show host Jay Leno says he received odd voicemail messages from Gavin Arvizo but the boy never asked for money.
25 May, 2005
The defence rests its case after just three weeks confirming that Mr Jackson will not take the stand.
26 May, 2005
The judge allows a video of police interviewing Gavin Arvizo as the trial nears its end.
1 June, 2005
Judge Rodney Melville gives the jury the option to reduce one of the charges.
The judge says the jury can decide Mr Jackson gave Gavin Arvizo alcohol but did not abuse him resulting in a lesser charge with a penalty of up to a year in prison.
2 June, 2005
Both sets of lawyers make their final arguments.
The last chance for lawyers to convince jurors. Mr Jackson's lawyer Thomas Mesereau tells them the Arvizo family are quotcon artists actors and liarsquot while prosecutor Ron Zonen says quotsomething terribly illegalquot happened at Neverland.
3 June, 2005
The jury begins deliberating about a verdict.
13 June, 2005
Michael Jackson found not guilty on all charges.
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