More details on the investigation into the death of Michael Jackson, which the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled a homicide on Monday. The Los Angeles Times reports authorities consider filing involuntary manslaughter charges against the entertainer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who reportedly had been treating Jackson for insomnia with the powerful anesthetic.
"For six hours, Dr. Conrad Murray said he resisted—fearful that the pop star had developed a dangerous addiction to propofol. Instead, Murray administered the sedatives Valium, lorazepam and midazolam—five times over six hours. But none put Jackson to sleep, and he continued to demand his "milk," the word the pop star used for propofol.
Murray finally relented and at 10:40 a.m. added the drug to Jackson's intravenous drip, according to the records. That dose—mixed with the cocktail of other sedatives in the pop star's system—was enough to kill him, the Los Angeles County coroner's office concluded in a preliminary toxicology report cited in a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday in Houston.
Police said Murray told them he found Jackson not breathing at 11 a.m.—a contention that Murray's attorney disputes -- but paramedics were not called until nearly 90 minutes later. During that time, police suspect that Murray made three cellphone calls totaling 47 minutes, according to the affidavits filed last month when authorities sought search warrants for Murray's Houston medical office and storage unit.
Jackson died June 25. Authorities have also not disclosed "how Jackson or Murray obtained the propofol, which is typically used in hospitals by anesthesiologists."
Most importantly: The LAT and TMZ report Murray told paramedics and ER doctors only that he had given Lorazepam (Ativan) to Jackson, neglecting to disclose the Propofol. "That critical omission that calls into question his treatment and could bolster pursuit of an involuntary manslaughter charge, authorities said."