Criminal Case Against Conrad Murray Could Be Imminent

Source: LAPD plans to present case against Michael Jackson's MD to DA Monday.

ByABC News
August 28, 2009, 4:53 PM

Oct. 9, 2009— -- The Los Angeles Police Department plans to present its criminal case against Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to the LA district attorney as early as Monday, a source told ABC News today.

Murray remains the focus of a manslaughter investigation into the pop star's death. Another source told ABC News that while the DA may be presented with the case imminently, it's likely to take another "several weeks" for the DA to decide whether to bring charges against Murray. If they bring a case, they'll most likely do it via grand jury, but they could also charge Murray through a criminal complaint.

That means any indictment wouldn't happen for at least another month, and any trial could be about six months away.

This latest twist comes on the heels of the news that Murray may face arrest and could lose his medical license for a completely different case -- missing a hearing to explain late child support payments. Murray owes $13,000 in unpaid child support to a California woman. According to Clark County District Attorney David Roger, a district judge could approve an arrest warrant for Murray that's recommended by a family court hearing master within 10 days.

Attempts by ABC News to contact Murray and his attorney were unsuccessful.

Murray and those around him have been embroiled in a legal mess since Jackson's June 25 death, which was ruled a homicide caused by drugs administered by Murray.

Last month, Murray's girlfriend, Nicole Alvarez, was ordered to appear before a grand jury in Los Angeles. She has been called as a witness "in an investigation pending before said grand jury," according to a subpoena obtained by ABC News.

A spokeswoman from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office declined to comment to ABC News about the subpoena but a law enforcement source confirmed that this subpoena is for an "investigative grand jury."