Lawyer says Jack­son’s doc­tor is ne­go­ti­at­ing sur­ren­der with au­thor­i­ties


LOS AN­GE­LES — With a crim­i­nal charge loom­ing, Michael Jack­son’s doc­tor is ne­go­ti­at­ing his sur­ren­der to Los An­ge­les au­thor­i­ties, his at­tor­ney said Thurs­day.

A state­ment from Ed Ch­er­noff said he was ne­go­ti­at­ing with the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice for Dr. Con­rad Mur­ray to turn him­self in, but there has been no agree­ment on specifics.

“When the agree­ment is com­plete, we will re­port fur­ther,” Ch­er­noff said.

Mur­ray has main­tained that noth­ing he gave Jack­son should have killed him.

Mur­ray’s ar­raign­ment al­ready has been set for this af­ter­noon, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the plan­ning told The As­so­ci­ated Press. The per­son de­clined to be named be­cause of the sen­si­tiv­ity of the sit­u­a­tion.

The pos­si­ble charge was not dis­closed. How­ever, two law en­force­ment of­fi­cials have told the AP pros­e­cu­tors plan to charge Mur­ray with in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter, al­leg­ing he gave Jack­son a pow­er­ful anes­thetic that led to his June 25 over­dose death at a rented man­sion in Los An­ge­les.

The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to pub­licly dis­cuss the case.

Sandi Gib­bons, a spokes­woman for the district at­tor­ney, would not con­firm or deny that Mur­ray would ap­pear to­day at the court­house.

Mur­ray, who has a prac­tice in Hous­ton, came to Los An­ge­les last week­end and has been strate­giz­ing with his de­fence team.

Po­lice have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing Mur­ray since Jack­son’s death. The doc­tor told de­tec­tives he’d given the singer a pow­er­ful anes­thetic and other seda­tives to get the chronic in­som­niac star to sleep. Jack­son, 50, died soon there­after, and in­ves­ti­ga­tors have been gath­er­ing ev­i­dence to try to show Mur­ray was neg­li­gent in ad­min­is­ter­ing the drugs.

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