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Michael Jackson had lethal levels of propofol, affidavit says; death is ruled a homicide



The Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s death a homicide, a law enforcement official told the AP, a finding that makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.

A search warrant affidavit dated July 23 says Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died. The document, unsealed Monday, allowed officials to raid the Houston offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad Murray last month.

It says Murray told an L.A. police officer he administered several drugs to Jackson the day he died, including 25 milligrams of the sedative, which he gave intravenously.

TMZ says Murray also gave MJ valium, an injection of anti-anxiety drug lorazepam and the sedative midazolam over the span of nine hours, from 1:30 a.m. to 10:40 a.m., when Murray gave into Jackson’s demands for propofol.

The affidavit says Murray never ordered, purchased or received any of the propofol but that the doctor found about eight bottles of it in Jackson’s home along with numerous other vials and pills.

TMZ says police found the four drugs cited plus four others in Jackson’s house, prescribed by Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:52am]


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