The fate of Michael Jackson (search), once known for his physics-defying dance moves and legendary glove, now lies in the judgment of a dozen jurors, who will decide if the pop star is guilty of molesting a 13-year-old cancer patient.
Jackson, 46, is charged with molesting the boy in February or March 2003, giving him wine and conspiring to hold his family captive to get them to rebut a damaging documentary.
Juror #5's grandson is a sex offender, but she believes that the system treated him fairly. Juror #8's sister was raped when she was 12. Juror #12 thinks that child witnesses should be treated with caution.
These are just three of the 12 very different jurors who will soon retreat behind closed doors to decide whether Jackson will moonwalk out of the courthouse, or be sentenced to more than 20 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Below is some information about the 12 jurors:
Overview of Jurors
— Women: 8, Men: 4
— Age Range: 20 to 79 years old.
— Ethnicity: 8 White, 1 Asian, 2 Latino
Individual Juror Profiles
Juror #1, White, 62 years old
A married father of four adult children in their '30s and '40s, he is a plans examiner and civil engineer. He and his wife like to dance and they have season tickets to a local theater group. This juror mostly gets his news from local papers and local TV news stations, as he does not like to watch cable news networks because he thinks they are biased. During jury questioning, he says he would be "cautious" in accepting testimony from a child witness. He goes on to state that parents have a strong influence on kids and what they say. He also stated that he doesn't think a 4-year old can distinguish telling the truth about whether he ate a cookie or a much larger lie.
Juror #2, White, 63 years old
A married man with two adult children, he makes Western art, specifically bronze casting. During questioning, he says kids are capable of telling white lies but that more often than not, they will tell the truth. If a lie will benefit them, they will tell one. He says parents can influence their children, but if there is abuse in the family, kids may lie to avoid abuse. He adds that he does not like to follow celebrity news and will not be wowed by Jackson's celebrity status. He can find him guilty or not guilty based on the evidence. Asked whether he trusts the government, he says he does but questions "things like our involvement in Iraq and Vietnam."
Juror #3, White, 50 years old
A married, part-time horse trainer and riding instructor, she has judged horse shows. She says this experience taught her to be fair and judge riders based on what she sees before her and not on the horse's prior history or past knowledge. She saw half of Martin Bashir's documentary about Jackson and says she thought he put his own "spin" on it. She says the media need captions and headlines that are exciting and with drama in order to sell more papers and attract more viewers.
Juror #4, White, 51 years old
A married woman with two teenage children, she spent 12 years working as a programmer/analyst. She is also a former high school math teacher and is married to a university researcher studying part of the brain dealing with speech. She believes the "media is too sensationalized" and has a negative opinion of news coverage in general. Despite the media onslaught in the courtroom, she says America's legal system "can still be fair" but that it "just makes it harder to find jurors." From her experience teaching high school students, she has encountered kids lying and cheating on tests.
Juror #5, White, 79 years old
A retired widow with two adult children, this great-grandmother says she knows someone with ties to Jackson. She has purchased perfumes and other items from a woman at J.C. Penny who knows Jackson. There is a sex offender in her family -- her grandson was arrested and he is now required to register himself in a nearby county. She says the situation has been an "education" for her and her family. She says she loves her grandson dearly despite this and believes he was treated fairly by the system. She is active in a number of organizations and is an old movie buff and self-described "'Jeopardy!' freak."
Juror #6, White, 22 years old
A single woman living with a significant other, she has two young children and works as a physical therapy aide in a nursing home. Her aunt was invited to visit Neverland a few years ago by a co-worker. She says while Jackson "is a little before my time," he is still a person just like everyone else. She also believes it is unfair that celebrities get harassed so much by fans and the media.
Juror #7, White, 21 years old
A single male student, Juror #7 is in a wheelchair. He knows someone who was a potential witness for the defense. This witness taught a sixth grade DARE class in '95. He has had no contact with him since then. As for his career aspirations, this man would like to be a motorsports journalist after he graduates from school. He believes they are more accurate than others in hard news. This man is trying to spearhead an effort to stop a physically challenged man from filing numerous claims and lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act, saying it makes people in wheelchairs look bad. A letter of his was published in a newspaper commenting on his effort. He has also visited Neverland with a cerebral palsy organization but Jackson was not there at the time. He says children like him because "they're taller than I am." He likes to show off his nephew because "it's like having a 'mini-me' around."
Juror #8, White, 42 years old
A woman with four kids, she is an educational aide with special education students. Her brother-in-law molested a niece that she took into her home. She reported him to police after her niece confided in her, but nothing was done. He is now behind bars in Florida for a crime against a different child. Despite this, she feels she can be "totally open to both sides." Her sister was also raped when she was 12 years old, but did not reveal the crime until she was in her '30s. She says her experience with this incident also will not affect her impartiality in this case. She has spent six years in the U.S. Air Force.
Juror #9, White, 39 years old
A woman from Indonesia, she is a senior office clerk in human resources and is married to a reporter. She doesn't read newspapers but likes to watch some cable news programs. She believes "it is easier to get the truth" from a lying child as opposed to a lying adult. Parents are big influences in their children's lives and kids do learn from their parents. She has strong faith in the American jury system.
Juror #10, White, 45 years old
A married mother of three children, she works at a supermarket and used to sell radio advertising. Her family has had brushes with the law. Her husband was arrested four years ago for drunk driving and she feels he was treated fairly by the legal system during that incident. As for her own experiences, she was recently ticketed for running a stop sign. She feels she deserved it. She loves food and likes to get creative while cooking.
Juror #11, Latino, 20 years old
A man who lives with his partner in Santa Maria, he works as an assistant head cashier. His sister's boyfriend's sister used to work for Jackson's doctor in Santa Ynez. His sister and her boyfriend were also invited to visit Jackson's ranch Neverland, but he has never met the singer and they did not elaborate much about the visit.
Juror #12, Latino, 44 years old
A divorced mother of an adult child, her ex-husband is a detective in Santa Maria. She also has a friend who is a detective in San Luis Obispo. She doesn't believe her connections to law enforcement will influence her as a juror or sway her opinions in favor of law enforcement testimony. She believes she is a good judge of character. She is currently an eligibility supervisor for the Department of Social Services. When asked about whether children can lie and give influenced testimony, she says she would "be cautious with a child witness." She believes children can be influenced by parents. Her own stepson has lied to her in certain circumstances.
Overview of Alternate Jurors
— Women, 4, Men: 4
— Age Range: 19 to 81 years old
— Ethnicity appears to be six White, one Latino, one African-American
Individual Alternate Juror Profiles
Alt Juror #1, White, 81 years old
A woman with four adult children (one is deceased), she is now retired. Her late husband was in the navy for 22 years. She has a spotless driving record and has received a plaque from State Farm Insurance commending her for her safe driving history. She enjoys listening to country music and played the organ for 22 years but calls herself "lousy."
Alt Juror #2, White, 36 years old
A married man with three kids living at home, he is a UPS truck driver. He has many ties to Jackson's Neverland ranch. He delivered packages to the home on several occasions and his mother-in-law was a potential defense witness in the case. He believes she was the former head of housekeeping at Neverland. His children also play sports with two others who were potential witnesses in the case. Despite these connections, he feels he could treat their testimony fairly and weigh their words in the same manner as other witnesses. This juror says he feels bad that Jackson can't live a normal life, but recognizes that it comes with his profession. He believes people are too starstruck. He doesn't understand the fans who wait outside the courthouse all day long for a glimpse of Jackson. He wonders if they don't have better things to do with their time. He has visited Neverland with his kids once before on family day. Of the visit, he says it was just OK ... not his thing.
Alt Juror #3, White, 73 years old
A married white man with seven adult children, he is now retired. From a military family, he was in the U.S. Air Force for two years. His son is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force and his three brothers served in the Army and Marines. He manages a Solvang apartment building and one of his former tenants used to work security at Neverland. He also had a negative experience with law enforcement in his capacity as a building manager. A former tenant accused him of stealing checks. He felt the sheriff's department blew him off after he tried to report her antics. Despite this, he says he has put this incident behind him and he recognizes the importance of law enforcement and would not treat their testimony any differently from the other witnesses.
Alt Juror #4, White, 64 years old
A married father of four adult children, he is semi-retired but does work part-time as a hotel night auditor. He has many ties to the military. He was in the Army for over 21 years, his daughter was in the military as a police investigator and his nephew was with the LAPD for 19 years. He is married to a German woman and says he would like to see the world. In his opinion, everyone brings their own truth to discussions.
Alt Juror #5, White, 44 years old
A married woman with three children, she also cares for her stepchildren on weekends. She has her own business doing home design, including window treatments for those who cannot afford an interior designer. She has not been following the Jackson case because it just didn't interest her. When asked what she thought of the media, she responded that "we've all been raised with TV, movies and newspapers -- doesn't mean it is gospel."
Alt Juror #6, White, 52 years old
A married mother of two adult children, she is a homemaker and works part-time in the family business. Her daughter played basketball with a potential witness. She believes she can be fair to this potential witness if she takes the stand. A close family friend was also employed by Jackson over 10 years ago. When he first began his job, she had asked what it was like working for the singer, but has not discussed it with him since then. She likes to think she is a pretty good judge of character and that she is a fair person.
Alt Juror #7, African-American, 19 years old
A single man, he works as a part-time flower delivery man. He has toyed with the idea of going to law or dental school at points in his life. He played basketball with a potential witness in school. He also knows a cousin of Jackson's from high school. He believes if either of these men were on the witness stand, they have taken an oath and would tell the truth. He also mentioned that he thought Jackson's sisters Janet and LaToya were "pretty."
Alt Juror #8, Latino, 26 years old
A married woman with two young children, she works as a bank teller manager. She likes to watch Telemundo and Univision, the Spanish language channels. As a freshman in high school, she interned in the DA's office in Santa Maria for several weeks doing filing and photocopying. She knows someone who was a potential defense witness -- this person is married to her co-worker. She has visited the Neverland ranch and even saw a movie in the theater there. A close friend of hers was arrested for breaking his probation for an unnamed crime. He spent three months behind bars in Santa Barbara.
FOX News' Eleanor Suhr, Jim Hammer and Alex Wallace contributed to this report.