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Michael Jackson's Physician Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter

February 09, 2010 02:09:19 GMT

After his plan to surrender to police on February 5 was scrapped, Dr. Conrad Murray has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter and was expected to turn himself to police on February 8.


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Michael Jackson's doctor has been formally charged with involuntary manslaughter in Los Angeles. Dr. Conrad Murray is expected to surrender to police on Monday afternoon, February 8. Jackson fans and the media have gathered to surround the court for the physician's arrival.

Members of Jackson's family are expected to hold a press conference on the steps of the courthouse. Murray had planned to surrender to the authorities on Friday, February 5 but scrapped the idea over security fears.

The decision not to show at a designated Los Angeles airport courthouse on Friday came hours after a spokeswoman for Murray's legal team told the Los Angeles Times newspaper that Thursday night, February 4 talks between his lawyers and prosecutors surrounding the details of the doctor's surrender had broken down.

Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, told the publication the negotiations failed because authorities insisted on "a photo op" of the physician in handcuffs. The doctor stands accused of the wrongful death of Jackson in June 2009. He has maintained he's innocent of any wrongdoing.

According to prosecutors, Murray "unlawfully and without malice" killed Jackson "without due caution and circumspection". He faces a four-year prison term.


 




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