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Jacko doc 'on manslaughter charge'

Prosecutors investigating Michael Jackson's death plan to charge the singer's doctor with involuntary manslaughter rather than seek a closed-door grand jury indictment, a source said.

The strategy shift would give an eager public an earlier look at evidence.

While there is no public timetable for charges to be filed against Dr Conrad Murray, there are strong indications the move is imminent.

Dr Murray and lawyer Edward Chernoff have travelled to Los Angeles from Houston, Texas, where Dr Murray practices, and the lawyer said his client was prepared to turn himself in.

"If they tell him to surrender in 10 minutes, he'll go surrender," said Mr Chernoff, who earlier spent several hours meeting other members of Dr Murray's defence team.

David Walgren, the deputy Los Angeles County district attorney handling the case, declined to comment.

Pop megastar Jackson, 50, hired Dr Murray to be his personal physician as he prepared for a strenuous series of comeback performances in London.

His shock death on June 25 in Los Angeles came after Dr Murray, tending to Jackson in the star's rented mansion, administered the powerful anaesthetic propofol and two other sedatives to get the chronic insomniac to sleep, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office, which ruled the death a homicide.

Propofol is only supposed to be administered by an anaesthesia professional in a medical setting. The patient requires constant monitoring because the drug depresses breathing and heart rate while also lowering blood pressure, a potentially deadly combination.

Dr Murray has maintained from the outset that nothing he gave the singer should have killed him.