Yesterday an unsealed search warrant for the Houston offices of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, indicated how police believe the King of Pop died: after Murray administered a cocktail of sedatives in an attempt to relieve the star’s insomnia. Murray’s lawyers have responded with a statement that reads, “Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory.” As Rock Daily reported yesterday, a source told the AP that the L.A. coroner has ruled the death a homicide.
“Most egregiously, the timeline reported by law enforcement was not obtained through interviews with Dr. Murray, as was implied by the affidavit. Dr. Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11:00 a.m. not breathing,” Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff said in the statement picked up by TMZ. Previous reports had stated that Dr. Murray told investigators that he found Jackson with a faint pulse before attempting CPR on the singer.
Chernoff also denied reports that Murray left Jackson alone after administering Propofol to make phone calls to his family and medical offices — or at least denied Murray ever told police he’d left Jackson by himself. “He also never said that he waited a mere 10 minutes before leaving to make several phone calls. In fact, Dr. Murray never said that he left Michael Jackson’s room to make phone calls at all,” Chernoff said. But investigators reportedly have unearthed phone records that prove Murray was on the phone for 47 minutes in the time before Jackson’s death on June 25th.
According to the search warrant affidavit unsealed yesterday, Murray told authorities that he wasn’t the first doctor to administer the powerful sedative Propofol — or his “milk,” as Jackson reportedly called the drug because of its cloudy white color — to the star. Murray expressed concern that Jackson was becoming addicted to Propofol, which is strictly meant for hospital use, and attempted to break Jackson’s preference for the drug with a “cocktail” of other sedatives and a lowered dosage of Propofol, a combination that ultimately caused Jackson’s death.
• Warrant Reveals Jackson Likely Died After Dose of Propofol; Coroner Declares Death Homicide
• Report: Doctor Left Jackson Alone After Administering Propofol
• Jackson Doctor Conrad Murray Breaks His Silence in New Video