The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide and Dateline NBC’s Josh Mankiewicz has confirmed that Dr. Conrad Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe.
Michael Jackson had lethal levels of Propofol in his system when he died, this according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Houston.
According to the warrant, Dr Murray said he had been treating the singer for insomnia with the sedative for six weeks. According to the document, Murray was afraid Jackson was becoming addicted and said he had been trying to wean Jackson off the Propofol by using smaller doses in combination with the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.
The morning Jackson died, Dr. Murray gave Jackson valium at 1:30 AM. Murray said the valium didn’t work so he gave the singer an IV injection of lorazepam an anti-anxiety drug. Murray told cops Jackson was still awake, so he then gave him midazolam a sedative.
Murray said in court documents that he administered 25 milligrams of the drug at 10:40 AM, 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
TMZ earlier reported that police found 8 bottles of Propofol in Jackson’s house after he died, but they do not know where it was purchased. Police also found Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine, along with the Propofol.
TMZ reports that the various drugs were prescribed by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.
Dr. Murray told police that other doctors had administered Propofol to Jackson, including Las Vegas Dr. David Adams. Dr. Murray said he was at a cosmetologist’s office where Dr. Adams gave Jackson Propofol.
With the ruling a homicide, expect to see an arrest soon.