A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray said on Tuesday that his client was prepared to turn himself in if charges against him were filed relating to the Michael Jackson’s death, according to the Los Angeles Times. Murray admits giving the King of Pop the surgical anesthetic propofol, as well as other tranquilizers, several times before he died on June 25th, 2009.
“I don’t have any specific information that leads me to believe he is going to be charged this week,” Conrad Murray’s attorney Ed Chernoff told the LA Times. “But if he is, we’ve made it clear he’s available to turn himself in.”
The arrival of Dr. Conrad Murray and Chernoff from Houston set off a new round of speculation that authorities, who have been mulling a manslaughter case against the doctor since last summer, could file charges soon.
But the LA County district attorney’s office would not confirm whether prosecutors planned to file a case against Murray. “All I can tell you is that we have not filed anything. When and if we do, we will let everyone know at one time,” said spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.
Chernoff said that Murray was visiting Los Angeles for personal matters and also planned to attend a strategy session Tuesday afternoon with his criminal defense team.
Murray has acknowledged that he administered the powerful anesthetic propofol only after trying many other medications to help Michael Jackson to sleep, and after Jackson’s “repeated demands/requests” for the drug.
After the injection, Jackson went into cardiac arrest within 20 minutes, while Murray had stepped out for a bathroom break, the doctor told authorities in an interview a few days after the death. He did not call 911 until 12:22 pm, more than an hour after he realized Jackson wasn’t breathing.