Jackson doctor faces manslaughter probe

Author: Associated Press

The documents were filed yesterday, the day after agents seized items from Dr
Conrad Murray’s clinic in Houston, Texas, it emerged today.

A search warrant approved by a Houston judge allowed authorities to seek
“property or items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that
tend to show that Dr Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offence”.

A receipt for the search warrant detailed items seized when government drug
agents and Los Angeles police descended on Dr Murray’s clinic on Wednesday.
Among them were 27 tablets of the weight-loss drug phentermine, a tablet of
the muscle relaxant clonazepam, two hard drives, tax notices and a
controlled substance registration.

Dr Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, referred queries to the statement he made
a day earlier in which he confirmed a search warrant had been executed and
that none of the items seized had previously been requested by authorities.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Bruce Borihanh said a search
warrant was served but had no other comment.

Cardiologist Dr Murray was hired as 50-year-old Jackson’s personal physician
not long before the pop megastar died.

He was in Jackson’s rented Los Angeles mansion when the singer was found
unconscious on the morning of June 25 and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.

An official determination of what killed Jackson willl not be made until at
least next week, when the Los Angeles County coroner expects to have a
completed toxicology report.

Jackson had a long history of prescription drug use and investigators are
speaking with a number of doctors who treated him. Propofol, a powerful
anaesthetic, has emerged as an important part of the investigation. Doses of
it were found in his mansion, according to a person with knowledge of the
investigation.

Propofol was not listed on the receipt of items filed in the search warrant,
which was approved on Monday by Harris County District Court Judge Shawna
Reagin. The warrant was under seal when it was executed on Wednesday; its
contents were revealed yesterday when the receipt was filed with the court.

A second search warrant, also executed on Wednesday, targeted a storage locker
Dr Murray rented about five miles from the north Houston clinic. Los Angeles
police officers and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration searched
the 10x15ft unit, said Sue Lyon, general manager of West 18th Street Self
Storage.

Ms Lyon said she did not know what was taken, though she did notice
authorities gave two itemised sheets of paper to Dr Murray’s lawyers who
were present.

“It was basically all secretive, and nobody put their nose in nobody’s
business,” Ms Lyon said.

Murray rented the unit on 1 April, according to Ms Lyon, and while he never
visited it personally, others from his clinic did six times – the last time
on the morning of Jackson’s death.

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