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    Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray 'to be charged with involuntary manslaughter'

    AP Pop icon Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray

    Michael Jackson's doctor is expected to be charged with involuntary manslaughter in the coming days as prosecutors investigating the star's death plan to file a criminal complaint against him.
    While there is no public timetable for charges to be filed against Dr Conrad Murray, it has been reported that there are strong indications the move is imminent. Dr Murray and his lawyer have travelled to Los Angeles from Houston, where the doctor practises, and the attorney said that his client was prepared to turn himself in if contacted by police.
    "If they tell him to surrender in ten minutes, he'll go surrender," said Edward Chernoff. "He's never hidden, he's always been available."
    Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, said that she was aware of reports that a charge is imminent, but declined to confirm them.

    "We've got nothing pending right now," Ms Gibbons said.
    Jackson, 50, hired Dr Murray to be his personal physician as he prepared for a strenuous series of comeback performances at the 02 centre in London.
    His death in Los Angeles on June last year came after Dr Murray administered the powerful anaesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office, which ruled the death was homicide by drug overdose.
    Propofol is supposed to be administered only by an anaesthesia professional in a medical setting. The patient requires constant monitoring because the drug depresses breathing and heart rate while also lowering blood pressure, a potentially deadly combination.
    Dr Murray has maintained that nothing he gave the singer should have killed him.
    It was not illegal for him to administer propofol to Jackson, though whether he followed proper procedures while Jackson was under the influence of the drugs is a key part of the case.
    In November Dr Murray resumed seeing patients at his clinic in Houston because he needed to raise money for legal fees over the investigation into Jackson's death.