Source: Jackson's Doctor to Face Involuntary Manslaughter

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LOS ANGELES -- A source in the Michael Jackson death investigation says prosecutors will seek an involuntary manslaughter indictment of Michael Jackson's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray.

A law enforcement source says Dr. Conrad Murray will be prosecuted on a theory of gross negligence, according to the Associated Press. The source spoke oncondition of anonymity because the investigation remains open.

Th source told the AP that the Los Angeles Police Department will follow the formality of presenting the case to the district attorney before an indictment can be sought.

Murray, Jackson's personal physician who provided him with the anesthetic propofol that coroner's officials say killed the pop singer, has remained the main focus in the investigation.

Murray has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insists he gave then-appropriate medical aid when he found Jackson distressed and not breathing on June 25. His attorney has stressed that Murray is fully cooperating with authorities.

Murray has hired a California criminal defense attorney as the investigation into his alleged role in Michael Jackson's death nears completion.

Attorney J. Michael Flanagan said Friday he was hired last week to join Houston attorney Edward Chernoff in representing Murray.

Flanagan says he handled a case involving propofol several years ago. He also is familiar with the media spotlight, having represented Britney Spears when she was charged with hit and run.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined that Jackson died from "acute propofol intoxication" combined with sedatives and labeled his death a homicide.

Along with his Houston clinic and a rented storage unit, authorities have also conducted searches at Murray's home and office in Las Vegas, at properties in Los Angeles, and at a Las Vegas pharmacy where police say Murray bought five 100-milliliter bottles of propofol.

The district attorney's office is waiting for the Los Angeles police to turn over the case before presenting it to a grand jury.

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