LOS ANGELES - Michael Jason's doctor was expected to appear in court for the first time late yesterday to face involuntary manslaughter charges stemming from the pop star's death last year.
The Los Angeles district attorney's office confirmed that criminal charges would be filed against Conrad Murray, pictured, after a painstaking seven-month investigation by police and federal agents.
Murray, who treated Jackson shortly before the pop icon died at his rented Los Angeles mansion last June, had been expected to surrender to authorities on Friday ahead of a court hearing.
But charges were delayed amid reports of a disagreement over the manner in which Murray was to be brought to court.
Prosecutors had been negotiating with Murray's lawyers for him to surrender voluntarily, before appearing in court without handcuffs or shackles.
Police were reportedly opposed to this, seeking to have him arrested and handcuffed in plain view.
Murray has admitted he administered a powerful anesthetic to Jackson after the singer's "repeated demands" for the drug. - Sapa-AFP