You have to admit it’s an odd situation. After being tired of waiting to hear his own fate from Los Angeles prosecutors and the police, it’s been decided that Michael Jackson’s doctor will surrender to the police today, according to the AP. He’s tired of waiting around after seven months.
Dr. Conrad Murray who has practices in both Houston, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nevada, originally went on the run from authorities immediately after Jackson’s death on June 25. The King of Pop had been having trouble sleeping for quite some time and was requiring doctors to give him a sedative. A sleeping pill wasn’t enough, as he was getting the powerful drug propofol. Autopsies have proven the propofol, along with a slew of other drugs he was being given, led to the death, but that was months after the doctor’s name was already thrown around for possible murder charges.
Immediately after Jackson was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead, authorities were looking for Murray to question him in the death. He was nowhere to be found, and it was assumed he’d fled. Originally they just wanted to talk to him because he had been suspected as the one that made the 911calls, but the further the investigation went, the more informaiton was gathered showing that Murray was most likely behind giving Jackson the powerful drug that stopped his heart.
However, Murray is still waiting to be charged, seven months after Jackson’s death. He flew in to Los Angeles on Tuesday with the expectation of being charged, but has been waiting for prosecutors and law enforcement officials to agree on his fate. While he has been willing to turn himself in as negotiated by the D.A’s office, pollice officials don’t want that. They want to formally arrest him at his residence, with one of their reasons being fear that will be watching the physician make a slow escape in a white Bronco on our televisions. They don’t trust the situation having been burned while waiting for O.J. Simpson to turn himself in.
Yet meanwhile, while everyone is hashing this out, Murray sits waiting to be charged for involuntary manslaughter. If he’s not going to be charged, he wants to return to his practice. So instead of waiting around for the formal word, the doctor will surrender to authorities by 1:30 P.M. on Friday, whether or not they want him to. At that point, they’re going to be forced to formally charge him, or let him go. Chernoff believes that the insistence on a formal arrest is purely for the news cameras. “There’s no reason to handcuff a guy, drag him downtown so you can take a photo, when he’s been sitting here for a week waiting to turn himself in.”
Murray isn’t the only one unhappy. Jackson’s family isn’t happy that the doctor will be charged with involuntary manslaughter. They see it as a “slap on the wrist,” while Murray’s defense team counters that he is not guilty and that he gave Jackson nothing that led to his death.
So in an effort for everyone to avoid the embarrassment of an O.J. repeat, they’ll instead suffer the embarrasment of a high profile suspect turning himself before any formal charges have been brought against him. It seems his defense team is saying, “Put up or shut up.”