The Los Angeles County Coroner released the autopsy results in the Michael Jackson case. They ruled that the pop star’s death was a result of a “homicide”. From the very beginning, leading Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys were indicating that the death must first be determined to be a homicide before any criminal case could proceed.
As stated in the autopsy report, the death was the result of “lethal levels” of the powerful anesthetic Propofol. This information was released in a search warrant affidavit that was unsealed today in Houston, Texas. For weeks, there had been speculation that the Coroner already had the results but was asked to delay the release until the criminal investigation could unfold.
From the beginning, Dr.Conrad Murray has been the focus of the violent crimes investigation. As recently as last week he placed a video of himself on Youtube with an explanation of some of his actions.
Dr. Murray had been Jackson’s personal physician for most of the last year. It has been leaked from the investigation that Murry told Los Angeles Police Department detectives the had been treating Jackson for insomnia for approximately 6 weeks before his death. He admitted that he had given Jackson 50 Milligrams of Propofol, also known as Diprovan, by intravenous drip.
Police reports indicate that Dr. Murray had administered several drugs, other then propofol, throughout the night. These drugs, according to Dr. Murray, did not have their intended result and finally at 10:40 AM he administered 25 milligrams of Propofol to Jackson. Dr. Murray claims that he monitored Jackson while he was on the drug and left his bedside for 2 minutes to go to the bathroom.
Police reports indicate a far different set of facts. According to police documents, Dr, Murray left Michael Jackson alone for significant periods of time while he called his office in Houston. It was during this time that Jackson stopped breathing and Dr. Murray began CPR to attempt to resuscitate Jackson. Jackson was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Within Dr. Murray’s medical bag officials found Propfol, as well as other drugs.
In order for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office to file involuntary manslaughter charges, they will need to show that the standard of care by Dr. Murray fell well below the acceptable and appropriate actions for a reasonable person in his situation. One of the factors that the prosecution may be considering is the warning label of the drug. Manufacturers of Propofol indicate that the drug should be used only by licensed anesthetists and in a hospital setting so as to be able to intubate the patient if necessary. Here that was not done.
It is expected that charges will be perused in this case against Dr. Murray as well as some of the other treating physicians.
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