DEA raids clinic of Michael Jackson's doctor
The police and agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were searching Dr. Conrad Murray's clinic in north Houston, Los Angeles Police Detective Dan Myers said.
Houston police surrounded the building as the investigators went inside. DEA spokewoman Violet Szeleczky said about 20 people were in the Armstrong Medical Clinic, including employees.
Murray has emerged as a central figure in the investigation into Jackson's death. The doctor, who had been recently hired by Jackson, was with him in his mansion and tried to revive him. He has been interviewed by police but he has not been considered a suspect in the singer's death.
Miranda Sevcik, spokeswoman for Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, told the AP that Murray's legal team was surprised by the search. She said the agents were looking for Murray's records, not drugs, but wouldn't specify further. She declined to say how the search related to Jackson's death.
Meanwhile, investigators in California are also sought more information from Murray, according to Chernoff.
The attorney posted a statement on his law firm's Web site late Tuesday saying investigators from the Los Angeles County coroner's office have asked for medical records in addition to those already provided by Murray.
"The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal," Chernoff said in his statement. "Based on Dr. Murray's minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson's last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges."
Police detectives have already spoken to Murray twice - once immediately after the singer's death and again two days later. Police investigators say Murray is cooperating in their investigation. The Las Vegas-based doctor is also licensed in California, Nevada and Texas.
Sevcik said an interview with coroner's investigators might happen Friday. Murray is currently in Las Vegas, where he has a medical office, she said, and Chernoff would be speaking to investigators without the doctor being present.