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Jackson doctor to turn himself in

Michael Jackson’s doctor plans to surrender to authorities, regardless of whether prosecutors had filed a case against him, a spokeswoman has said.

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The assertion came after the legal team for Dr Conrad Murray said they were tired of waiting for word from prosecutors about when he would be charged.

Murray, who has a practice in Houston, has been in Los Angeles for the past week and available to surrender since Tuesday.

“We are going to be at the courthouse at 1.30(pm) (0530 AEDT Saturday) for his surrender,” said Miranda Sevcik, spokeswoman for Murray’s legal team.

“We see no reason to perpetuate the arbitrary situation any longer.”

The district attorney’s office has not confirmed if or when it will be charging Murray, though prosecutors have been reviewing the case for weeks.

Murray’s team sees a charge as inevitable, Sevcik said.

“We know he’s going to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and we are ready with a counter-argument,” Sevcik said.

“He’s not guilty – that’s our argument.”

Meanwhile, a law enforcement source told Agence France-Presse that prosecutors had delayed filing charges against Murray and the physician would not surrender to authorities on Friday as expected.

“Contrary to previous reports, Conrad Murray will now not turn himself in on Friday as his lawyer had previously stated and charges will not be filed,” the source told Agence France-Presse.

It remains to be seen whether the bizarre prospect of Murray trying to surrender without a criminal case being filed will come to pass.

The statements on Thursday follow three days of negotiations in which Murray’s lawyers have tried to arrange with prosecutors for the Houston doctor to surrender for booking and arraignment.

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.