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The Michael Jackson Trial

Jackson jury seated

Michael Jackson

SANTA MARIA, California (CNN) -- A California court announced Wednesday that a four-man, eight-woman jury had been seated for the Michael Jackson child molestation trial.

The announcement was a surprise. Jury selection began January 31 with hundreds of prospective jurors. Analysts believed that picking a jury would extend into March.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Jackson must still select eight alternate jurors.

The jury selection process was interrupted for one week after the death of the sister of Jackson's lead attorney, Thomas Mesereau Jr., and for a week when Jackson became ill and was hospitalized for the flu. He was released last week.

Among the jurors picked, the oldest is a 79-year-old woman; the youngest, a 20-year-old man. There are no blacks on the 12-person jury.

Jackson is accused of molesting a 13-year-old former cancer patient, giving the boy alcohol and attempting to hold him and his family captive.

The pop star has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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