The Sheila Files: Coroner Rules Michael Jackson’s Death a Homicide

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HOUSTON – The Los Angeles County coroner ruled Michael Jackson’s death
a homicide, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on
Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the
findings have not been publicly released. A spokesperson for the
coroner’s office told Access Hollywood that the office had no comment
on the AP report.
 
Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz confirmed that Murray is the target of
a manslaughter probe.
 
Meanwhile, a search warrant affidavit revealed that Jackson had lethal
levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died
in his rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25.
 
The document unsealed Monday allowed officials to raid the Houston
offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad Murray last month.
 
According to the warrant, Murray, Jackson’s personal physician, had
been treating the singer for insomnia with the sedative for six weeks.
According to the document, Murray said he had been trying to wean
Jackson off the powerful sedative by using smaller doses in
combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.
 
On the morning Jackson died, Murray said he tried to induce sleep
without using propofol, starting first with valium at 1:30 a.m. When
Jackson was still awake at 2 a.m., Murray injected Jackson with
lorazepam, then injected him with midazolam at 3 a.m. Murray told
police he administered several other drugs over the next few hours.
 
By 10:40 a.m., Jackson, still unable to sleep, urged Murray to give
him propofol. Murray said in court documents that he administered 25
milligrams of the drug at that time, then left Jackson alone under the
influence of the drug to make phone calls to his Houston office. When
he returned, Jackson was not breathing. He performed CPR while a
member of Jackson’s staff called 911. The singer was rushed to UCLA
Medical Center where he was declared dead sometime later.
 
The affidavit says, while Murray acknowledged to police that he
administered propofol, authorities find no evidence that he had
purchased, ordered or obtained the medication under his medical
license or Drug Enforcement Administration tracking number. Police
detectives found about eight bottles of the anesthetic in Jackson’s
house along with other vials and pills that had been prescribed to
Jackson by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.
 
Valium, lorazepam, clonazepam, tamsulosin and other drugs also were
confiscated in the search, and propofol was found in Murray’s medical
bag. According to the warrant, Murray told police he was not the first
doctor to administer propofol to the singer.
 
Authorities subpoenaed medical records from Klein, Metzger and Dr.
David Adams, in addition to Murray, the affidavit states. They also
asked for medical records from Dr. David Slavitt, who conducted the
independent medical examination of Jackson for Anschuntz Entertainment
Group, Dr. Randy Rosen and nurse practitioner Cherilyn Lee.
 
The affidavit also states that Jackson told Murray that two doctors in
Germany had given him propofol. Murray said he repeatedly asked
Jackson what other physicians were treating him and what drugs they
were prescribing. Murray said Jackson refused to give the information.
 
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