Coroner: MJ Death A 'Homicide'
August 24, 2009 at 1:48 PM (PT)
MICHAEL JACKSON's death has been ruled a homicide, reports CBS RADIO News KNX-A/LOS ANGELES and USA TODAY. The finding makes it more likely that his physician, DR. CONRAD MURRAY, will face some sort of criminal charges, as he was with the pop star when he died.
The L.A. TIMES reports that according to a just-unsealed search warrant, L.A. County coroner's officials found lethal levels of propofol in MICHAEL JACKSON's body. "Dr. CONRAD MURRAY told L.A.P.D. detectives that he had been treating JACKSON for insomnia for about six weeks, giving him 50 milligrams of propofol every night using an intravenous line," the TIMES reports, adding that MURRAY already admitted that he obtained and administered propofol to JACKSON the morning the pop star died.
"In an interview with police, MURRAY told them that he had left JACKSON alone under the influence of the medication to make telephone calls to his HOUSTON office and family members ... When he returned, he discovered JACKSON was not breathing."