Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson’s embattled personal physician, will likely turn himself as police prepare to file charges in connection with the King of Pop’s death.
According to TMZ, Murray is already in Los Angeles (his home base is Houston) and plans to surrender to the authorities Wednesday morning in an L.A. courtroom.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney will almost certainly charge Dr. Conrad Murray with involuntary manslaughter, and that may happen as early as this week.
Charges would have to be filed before any court appearance, so if Murray plans to surrender tomorrow morning, the D.A.’s office may charge him at that time.
Many times, defendants (or their lawyers) arrange for a surrender, rather than face the costly, embarrassing spectacle of being arrested and taken into custody.
It’s unclear if Murray will be released on bail when and if he is charged.
Dr. Conrad Murray will almost certainly enter a plea of not guilty to involuntary manslaughter (or whatever charge he faces) and begin preparing his defense.
We say this because he has already retained a new attorney, J. Michael Flanagan, who successfully defended a doctor client for fatally administering Propofol.
Murray’s use of the anesthetic to treat Jackson will form the crux of the D.A.’s case that he be held criminally liable for the death of the music icon June 25.
The Michael Jackson investigation has taken half a year to complete, and officials are determined not to blow it. It should be very interesting to watch unfold.