Jackson's Doctor Investigated For Manslaughter
MICHAEL JACKSON's personal physician DR. CONRAD MURRAY is under investigation for manslaughter as police delve deeper into the mystery surrounding the pop superstar's tragic death.
Murray was with Jackson when he went into cardiac arrest at his rented home in Los Angeles on 25 June (09) and performed CPR on the star before emergency crews arrived.
Shortly before 11am on Wednesday (22Jul09), Murray's Houston, Texas offices were raided by a team of detectives from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and officers from the Houston and Los Angeles Police Departments, who had obtained a search warrant to gain access to the building. Murray was not present for the search.
Authorities seized a number of documents relating to Murray's treatment of Jackson from the Armstrong Medical Clinic, including medical notes, details of any drugs the star was taking, and records of any medication Murray had prescribed to the singer.
Murray's lawyer Ed Chernoff has admitted that officers were searching for evidence "of the offence of manslaughter", saying in a statement: "We can confirm that a search warrant was executed today on Dr. Murray's offices in Houston, Texas...
"The search was conducted by members of the DEA, two Robbery/Homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Houston Police officers. The search warrant authorised law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offence of manslaughter.
"Law enforcement concluded their search around 12.30pm, and left with a forensic image of a business computer hard drive and 21 documents. None of the documents taken had previously been requested by law enforcement or the L.A. Coroner's office."
However, Chernoff's representative insists the morning swoop came as a surprise because detectives had not named Murray as a suspect.
Spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik tells People.com, "This (raid) was unexpected to us. All this drama is just not necessary, is how we feel. Ed's not dismayed about it. He's just trying to figure out what's going on. But he's not worried about it."
The raid comes after repeated calls by members of the Jackson family in recent weeks to question Murray over the Thriller hitmaker's death, with father Joe and sister La Toya both raising concerns of "foul play".