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Jackson's Doc Likely to Be Charged with Involuntary Manslaugter Today

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Michael Jackson's physician, Conrad Murray, is expected to be charged today in L.A. in a criminal case in conjunction with the music star's sudden death last summer, according to LA Now. Initially speculation indicated Murray, 56, would be arrested and charged late last week, however the specifics of how the action would play out were uncertain.

The exact nature of the charges have not been revealed, however it's believed Murray "will be charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with administering the combination of sedatives and anesthetic blamed in the singer's June death." Murray has not denied administering propofol to Jackson, and has said in police interviews that while Jackson relied on the drug to sleep, the doctor "was trying to wean Jackson from it the week he died."

An LA Times investigation into Murray's personal and professional life reveals that the Nevada and Texas based cardiologist was welcomed at Jackson's Holmby Hills mansion and seen as a "benevolent figure" described by Jackson's chef as a "very nice man, very charming, very well-groomed, very respectful, well-spoken." However, records show that he was facing multiple financial troubles, including being behind on his mortgage, child support payments, and other professional accounts, yet could seemingly not resist taking on patients and cases where he thought he could be of medical assistance.