SANTA MARIA, Calif. - Jurors in Michael Jackson's trial started their third full day of deliberations Wednesday on the child molestation charges that could send the pop star to prison.
The jurors arrived Wednesday morning and headed into the courthouse, entering the jury room at 8:22 a.m. They already had spent more than two days deliberating since getting the case late last week.
The panel meets daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with three 10-minute breaks.
The scene around the courthouse, where many fans and reporters have gathered, was low key compared to Monday, when the unexpected appearance of the defendant's father sent the crowd surging. On Tuesday, another famous face visited the courthouse - the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said the singer was optimistic as he awaited the jury's decision.
"If Michael's friends did not stand up for him in a public way, you would ask, 'Where are they?'" Jesse Jackson said. He also said that rumors have continued to swirl about Jackson's health and he wanted to reassure everyone that "he is resting comfortably" in spite of great back pain.
The 46-year-old singer is charged with molesting a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003, giving the boy alcohol and conspiring to hold his family captive to get them to rebut a documentary in which Jackson appeared with the boy and said he let children into his bed but it was nonsexual.