PROBE INTO MICHAEL JACKSON’S DEATH: Doc’s Vegas home raided

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July 29, 2009
PROBE INTO MICHAEL JACKSON’S DEATH
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Investigators search the home of Michael Jackson physician, Dr. Conrad Murray in Red Rock Country Club in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 28, 2009, seeking documents as part of a manslaughter investigation into the singer’s death. — PHOTO: AP

LAS VEGAS – POLICE and federal agents swooped on the Las Vegas home of Michael Jackson’s doctor on Tuesday as speculation about possible criminal charges in the case intensified.

Local television networks showed several police cars outside doctor Conrad Murray’s residence in the Nevada gambling haven, less than a week after authorities carried out a raid on the doctor’s Houston office.

The TMZ.com website said agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) were executing a search warrant for Jackson’s medical records.

A spokesman for the LAPD confirmed detectives were searching Murray’s home as part of the ‘ongoing investigation’ into Jackson’s death. Murray’s lawyers were not immediately available for comment.

It was unclear if Dr Murray – who has reportedly been staying at the residence under the protection of a bodyguard in recent weeks – was at home. Agents were also carrying out a search of his Las Vegas offices, local media reported.

Last week DEA agents and police descended on Murray’s Houston practice with a search warrant seeking evidence for the ‘offense of manslaughter.’ CNN reported on Monday that police believe Dr Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of an anesthetic Propofol, which is marketed under the trade name Diprivan.

Propofol is used in hospitals to induce unconsciousness in patients ahead of major surgery. Experts say the drug should only be administered by a trained anesthesiologist under strict monitoring conditions.

The possibility that Dr Murray gave Jackson the drug intravenously has fuelled speculation he may be charged with homicide.

Lawyers for Dr Murray, who have repeatedly insisted he is innocent of criminal wrongdoing, issued a statement late on Monday urging calm amid the flurry of reports suggesting the physician faced criminal charges.

‘It’s a waste of time responding to all these timed ‘leaks’ from ‘anonymous’ sources,’ attorney Ed Chernoff said. ‘I feel like a horse swatting flies.

‘Everyone needs to take a breath and wait for these long delayed toxicology results… Things tend to shake out when all the facts are made known, and I’m sure that will happen here as well.’ — AFP

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