Michael Jackson death ruled homicide
The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled the death of Michael Jackson a homicide.
A law enforcement official confirmed the coroner's ruling to
the Associated Press: Forensic tests determined that a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died in the bedroom that his personal doctor used in his rented LA home
The ruling means that manslaughter charges against Dr Conrad Murray are likely. Murray was with Jackson when he died and is thought to have administered the powerful anesthetic propofol to the pop star. According to the official, the coroner's report says propofol and at least two other sedatives acted in combination to kill Jackson.
Murray has been the subject of a police investigation since Jackson's death on June 25. The doctor's offices in Las Vegas and Houston as well as his Vegas home have been the subject of police searches seeking evidence in a manslaughter investigation. One search warrant affidavit says Murray told police he administered a dose of propofol to Jackson at 10:40 a.m. after spending the night injecting the pop star with multiple sedatives to keep him asleep.
The affidavit also states Murray gave Jackson Valium, lorazepam and midazolam, which are sedatives and anti-anxiety meds. Cops found eight bottles of propofol hidden in a guest room closet at Jackson's home, along with a dizzying array of other prescription drugs including Valium, tamsulosin, lorazepam, temazepam, clonazepam, trazadone and tizanidine. The drugs were prescribed by Drs Murray, Arnold Klein and Allan Metzger. Klein is the dermatologist for whom Jackson's baby mama Debbie Rowe worked when the couple met.
Some involved in the investigation, however, believe Jackson was already dead by that point and think Murray is attempting to cover up his role in feeding the singer's addiction to prescription drugs. Murray allegedly made a call to his Houston office earlier that morning that sent two workers to a storage facility. They were seen leaving the property with multiple boxes of what could be drugs slated for Jackson, medical records or both.
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