Dr. Conrad Murray Plans to Surrender to Authorities
The white flag may be going up soon for Michael Jackson's physician, who is negotiating his surrender to authorities, his attorney said.
In the next day, Dr. Conrad Murray is expected to be charged in connection with the pop singer's death but there has been no agreement on the specifics of his surrender yet, the Associated Press reports.
Law enforcement officials have said that prosecutors plan to charge Murray with involuntary manslaughter. In addition, they plan to file a criminal complaint instead of taking the case to a grand jury, the AP reports.
Murray's attorney said the doctor is ready to surrender to authorities if prosecutors file charges.
The coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death at age 50 was a homicide caused by acute intoxication by anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.
As previously discussed, Dr.Conrad Murray is the cardiologist that was with the pop singer when he reportedly died from complications of mixing painkillers with anesthetics.
Murray has denied any criminal wrongdoing.
Michael Jackson's family attorney, Brian Oxman said they would like to see Murray charged with second-degree murder instead of involuntary manslaughter. Oxman said the manslaughter charges against doctor would be "slap on the wrist."
Although he has admitted giving the singer a number of different sedatives on the day he died, he claimed they were ineffective, so he finally gave Michael a dose of propofol so he could sleep. Propofol is supposed to be administered by an anesthesia professional in a medical setting.
Involuntary manslaughter is the act of unlawfully killing another human being unintentionally.
To prove a charge of involuntary manslaughter, authorities must show there was a reckless action that created a risk of death or great bodily injury. If a doctor is aware of the risk, there might also be an issue of whether the patient knows that risk and decided to take it.
An involuntary manslaughter conviction carries a potential sentence of two to four years in prison.
Recently, Murray was a no-show in a Las Vegas court room, forcing a judge to enter a $132,000 default judgment against him for a debt related to office medical equipment and services.
- Michael Jackson's Doctor, Conrad Murray, in Los Angeles Awaiting Likely Indictment (ABC News)
- AP: Michael Jackson Death Ruled a Homicide (FindLaw)
- State Law Summaries: Medical Malpractice and Reform (FindLaw)
- Criminal Defense FAQs (provided by The Law Offices of J. Darren Byers, P.A.)
- Classifications of Crime (provided by James D. Garrett & Associates, P.C.)
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