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Michael Jackson's doctor to face criminal charges

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-05

Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray will be charged in connection with the pop star's death next week, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office has confirmed, without detailing what precise charges he would face.

AFP - Michael Jackson's doctor will be charged in connection with the pop star's death next week, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office confirmed Friday.

A terse two-sentence statement said charges against Conrad Murray would be filed on Monday followed by an arraignment hearing. The statement did not state what charges Murray would face.

However, a law enforcement source speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed to AFP Murray would be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The announcement followed days of speculation about the possibility of criminal charges being filed against Murray, the Houston-based physician who was with Jackson shortly before the pop icon died suddenly in June.

Murray had initially been expected to surrender to custody on Friday ahead of a court hearing but charges were delayed amid reports of a disagreement between prosecutors and the Los Angeles Police Department.

Local prosecutors had been negotiating with defense lawyers for Murray to surrender into custody voluntarily in the early hours of Friday, before appearing in court without handcuffs of shackles.

Police were reportedly opposed to the plan, seeking to have Murray arrested, booked and handcuffed in plain view.

Reports of Murray's looming manslaughter case followed a painstaking and prolonged police investigation.

Under California law, involuntary manslaughter -- unintentionally causing death through negligence, carelessness or a misdemeanor -- is punishable by up to four years in prison.

Murray, 56, has acknowledged that he administered the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson only after trying many other medications to help him sleep following the singer's "repeated demands/requests" for the drug.

Propofol is a powerful anesthetic used to render patients unconscious before major surgery. Medical experts say it should only be used and administered by trained staff under hospital conditions.

Unsealed court documents that included a review of toxicology results found that Jackson died from "lethal levels of propofol."
 

Date created : 2010-02-05

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