The last person to see Michael Jackson alive will finally face charges Monday in the pop star’s death, ending months of speculation and feuding between prosecutors and police. Dr. Conrad Murray will likely be charged with involuntary manslaughter for administering an anesthetic to the singer right before he died. TMZ reports Murray will turn himself in at 1:30 PM PT to face the charges.
On Friday, following a tense week of conflicting reports that he’d be charged, the district attorney’s office said they were delaying any action amid talk that police wanted to arrest Murray and escort him to court in handcuffs.
Murray’s attorneys wanted to avoid the spectacle, so negotiations carried on throughout the week. They felt the sight of Murray being dragged to jail in chains would influence potential jurors for his trial.
A group of Michael Jackson fans have threatened to hold a protest at the courthouse if Murray was allowed to surrender on his own.
Murray has been the focal point of a police investigation since Jackson died last June 25 at age 50. Murray acknowledged that he administered the hospital anesthetic propofol and other sedatives as Jackson, a chronic insomniac, struggled to sleep.
The doctor maintains nothing he gave Jackson should have killed him. A trial would be expected to involve expert medical testimony on the use of propofol and whether there was gross negligence involved in its use at a private home. It is normally administered in hospital settings.
Ed Chernoff, Murray’s defense lawyer, has made it clear how the doctor will respond to charges: “We’ll make bail, we’ll plead not guilty and we’ll fight like hell.”