A law enforcement official says prosecutors plan to file a criminal complaint charging Michael Jackson's doctor with involuntary manslaughter rather than seek a grand jury indictment.
The shift in strategy will give the public an earlier look at evidence.
There's no public timetable for charges to be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, but there are strong indications the move is imminent. Murray and lawyer Edward Chernoff have traveled to Los Angeles from Houston, where Murray practices, and the attorney says his client is prepared to turn himself in.
Chernoff says "his client has "never hidden" and has "always been available."
The deputy Los Angeles County district attorney handling the case has declined to comment.
Jackson died June 25 from an anesthetic overdose. Murray maintains nothing he gave Jackson should have killed him.