The doctor serving as Michael Jackson’s personal physician when he died recently hired a criminal defense attorney, according to ABC News.
Dr. Conrad Murray has not officially been charged in Jackson’s death from an overdose, but a legal team has been assembled for Dr. Murray, who could face a possible involuntary manslaughter charge in connection to Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.
Glendale, California-based criminal defense attorney Michael Flanagan is the new addition to Murray’s legal team, the doctor’s lead attorney Ed Chernoff told the LA Times recently.
An autopsy performed on Jackson revealed the powerful sedative propofol in his system, which contributed to his death from a heart attack, Houston-based broadcast network KIAH reported.
Since Jackson’s death, Murray has admitted to prescribing the drug – which is also described as an anesthetic. Potential charges could also include gross negligence against the doctor.
Citing an unnamed source, the Associated Press reported that the Los Angeles Police Department’s investigation unit wrapped up their efforts into the cause of Jackson’s death. The LAPD will be presenting its case to the area district attorney’s office so a formal indictment can follow, according to AP.
“We have refused to comment on stories involving unnamed sources,” Chernoff said in a statement, in response to the possibility of charges against Murray.
A spokesperson for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said no decision has been made in Dr. Murray’s case.
Flanagan described the possibility of an involuntary manslaughter charge as “not surprising.”
This is not the first time Dr. Murray has been connected to legal consequences for prescribed use of propofol. One of his nurses was charged with involuntary manslaughter after propofol was used on a patient who died. But the nurse was acquitted of the charge, according to the LA Times.
In November, Dr. Murray returned to medical practice at his Houston, Texas based clinic.
Dr. Murray, who specializes in cardiology said publically at a church shortly after he reopened his Houston practice that he “was at the wrong place and at the wrong time.”
“I know what trouble is,” Dr. Murray said. “I, with my compassion, was only trying to help my fellow man.”
About six weeks after he reopened the Houston clinic, Dr. Murray was in court on a different matter. The doctor struck what the New York Daily News described as an “11th hour deal” to avoid jail time on charges of failure to pay child support.
Dr. Murray was reportedly $13,000 in debt from missed payments when he made the deal to pay just over $1,000 a month to his son’s mother Nenita Malibiran, and continue the payments.
Dr. Murray has reportedly fathered seven children by six different women, according to the Daily News.