Prosecutors will seek to indict Michael Jackson‘s personal physician , Dr. Conrad Murray, on a charge of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the shocking death of the King of Pop.
A law enforcement source — who spoke on condition of anonymity — told the Associated Press on Friday that Murray would be prosecuted on a theory of gross negligence alleging that his treatment of Jackson was an extreme departure from the standard of care normally followed by physicians.
Miranda Sevcik, a spokeswoman in Houston for Murray and his lawyer, Edward Chernoff, both said the doctor had no comment and stressed that he neither prescribed nor administered anything that should have killed the celebrated singer.
Jackson died at his rented home in Los Angeles last June 25 while under Murray’s care as the singer prepared for to stage an ambitious concert comeback in London.
According to the A.P., the district attorney’s office is waiting for the Los Angeles police to turn over the case before presenting it to a grand jury.
A presentation to the grand jury where witnesses testify behind closed doors could take three to five days.
The timing of an indictment will be dictated by two factors – how long it takes for the district attorney’s office to conduct an internal review of the evidence and when the grand jury will be available to hear the case.
When contacted by RadarOnline.com, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office refused to comment on the report by the Associated Press.