LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray plans to seek his day in court Friday — whether he's been charged in the singer's death or not.
Photo: Michael Jackson and Dr. Conrad Murray.
After waiting days to face a likely charge of manslaughter, Murray and his frustrated legal team plan to surrender at a Los Angeles courthouse.
"We are going to be at the courthouse at 1:30 (p.m.) for his surrender," said Miranda Sevcik, spokeswoman for Murray's legal team. "We see no reason to perpetuate the arbitrary situation any longer."
The legal gamesmanship follows several days of negotiations in which Murray's lawyers tried to arrange a time with prosecutors for the Houston doctor to surrender. Those plans were derailed by haggling between prosecutors and law enforcement officials over whether the physician should be arrested or allowed to turn himself in.
Whether the tactic forces prosecutors to file a criminal complaint or not, it has the potential to create a spectacle.
"It seems ridiculous to us that it's been dragging on this long," Sevcik said. "We've been here all week long, for God's sake. What's the hold up? To us this is showmanship and we are just done."
Jackson's sudden death at age 50 while rehearsing for a major comeback tour led to worldwide mourning and a massive public memorial service. The probe into what killed him quickly saw detectives hone in on Murray, who told police he gave the singer a powerful anesthetic and other sedatives that were blamed for his death.
Since then, Murray has stayed out of view and his lawyers have spoken very little. And prosecutors and investigators also have been tight lipped.
The district attorney's office has declined to comment on when or if Murray would be charged.
The doctor maintains nothing that he gave Jackson should have killed him but sees a charge as inevitable, Sevcik said.
"We know he's going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and we are ready with a counterargument," Sevcik said. "He's not guilty — that's our argument."
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