A judge has set an April 1 deadline for prosecutors to either charge Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the death of a 21-year-old quadriplegic or return his "suicide machine."

Oakland County Circuit Judge David Breck set the deadline Wednesday during a hearing on Kevorkian's lawsuit accusing Southfield police of improperly seizing his "euthanasia device" and other supplies from the apartment where Roosevelt Dawson died Feb. 26.Police have said they wanted to keep Kevorkian's equipment until they completed their investigation of Dawson's death. The property includes one of Kevorkian's euthanasia machines, chemicals and syringes.

Police presented their findings Wednesday to Prosecutor David Gorcyca's office without recommending whether Kevorkian be charged in Dawson's death, Southfield police spokesman John Harris said.

"We just present the facts," Harris said.