Michael Jackson’s Doctor to Be Indicted
The doctor who treated Michael Jackson in his final hours is said to be facing an indictment on involuntary manslaughter charges, for the music icon’s death. Dr. Conrad Murray treated Jackson the night before his death with a lethal injection of the anesthesia propofal, among other drugs, before finding him unresponsive the next morning. Although the L.A. District Attorney’s office has yet to reach a final decision, a source claims that prosecutors are pinpointing Dr. Murray’s gross negligence as the main cause of Jackson’s passing. “We don’t have a case. It hasn’t been presented,” said Janice Robinson, a spokesperson for the D.A.’s office. “Don’t know when we’ll get it.”
Murray’s lawyer Michael Flanagan stated that his client was not in any violation of the law when he treated Jackson, which would make it “very difficult” for the D.A. to build an involuntary manslaughter case against him.
Following a toxicology test performed on Jackson’s body, the coroner ruled his death a homicide caused by acute intoxication of the drug, used to suspend breathing. The intravenous drug decreases a patient’s heart rate and is therefore to be administered in a hospital and by an anesthesiologist in case of any complications. Murray, who is a cardiologist, injected Jackson with the drug in his Los Angeles home. Following the King of Pop’s death the doctor went into hiding and has faced scrutiny, most notably from Jackson’s family, for what they feel is his roll in the incident. “He was the one that was administering,” Janet Jackson said of Murray in an interview. “I think he is responsible.”
Michael Jackson died from cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. He was 50-years-old.