Coroner's Office Rules Michael's Death a Homicide

August 24, 2009 By:
Coroner's Office Rules Michael's Death a Homicide

The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, a law enforcement official told the Associated Press on Monday.

Michael had lethal levels of Propofol in his system when he died and now that the coroner’s office has ruled his death a homicide, it more likely that criminal charges will be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with MJ when he died.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Michael's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray admitted to LAPD detectives that he'd been treating Michael for insomnia with propofol every night for six weeks, giving him 50 milligrams of Propofol every night through an IV.

On the morning MJ died, Murray gave him valium at 1:30 a.m. When that was unsuccessful, he injected lorazepam at 2 a.m. At 3 a.m., he gave Michael midazolam.

He continued to try different drugs over the course of the morning and finally at 10:40 a.m., Murray gave Michael 25 milligrams of propofol, down from his usual dosage of 50 milligrams, because he feared Michael was getting addicted.

At the time of Michael's death 8 bottles of Propofol were found at his rented Holmby Hills home, but investigators didn't know where it was purchased. According to the report, cops also found Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine, along with the Propofol.

Prior court records show that Dr. Murray told detectives that he had left Michael alone in the room after he injected him with Propofol to make a few personal calls. When he returned to the room Michael wasn't breathing. He performed CPR, and one of Michael's staff members called 911. He was later announced dead at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Murray has been under investigation for involuntary manslaughter for over prescribing Michael and administrating propofol outside a hospital.

UPDATE:

A spokesperson for the Jackson family issued the following statement to Access Hollywood: “The Jackson family has full confidence in the legal process, and commends the ongoing efforts of the L.A. County Coroner, the L.A. District Attorney and the L.A. Police Department. The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served.”