LAPD Chief William Bratton says that depending on what toxicology tests turn up, the entire nature of their investigation into Michael Jackson's death may change.
"We are still awaiting corroboration form the coroner's office as to cause of death," Bratton told CNN. "That is dependent on toxicology reports due to come back."
"Based on those reports, we will have an idea of what it is that we are dealing with. Are we dealing with a homicide or with an accidental overdose?"
Homocide. The potentially inflammatory word is not thrown around lightly by officials, and comes as the coroner's office subpoenas MJ's medical records from a number of doctors who treated him over the years, according to the Los Angeles Times.
On that list of docs? Dermatologist Arnold Klein.
"It was a standard subpoena. We turned over medical records to the medical examiner in response," attorney Richard Charnley said of the one served to Arnold Klein, who says he isn't the father of Jackson's children - as far as he knows.
Dr. Klein said on Larry King Live Wednesday night that he never prescribed Jackson anything stronger than Demerol, and that he had warned his patient against using Diprivan, a potent anesthetic that was found in Jackson's house.
Several search warrants for unidentified locations have also been issued in connection with the probe into Michael Jackson's prescription drug use.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Attorney General's Office are also assisting the LAPD's investigation of Jackson's death.
The star's county-performed autopsy revealed that he had been taking prescription drugs. On June 29, the coroner's office confiscated various drugs as well as medical equipment from the Holmby Hills mansion the singer had been renting."At the time of the death, with search warrants, we were able to seize a number of items from the residence where the death occurred and those will assist in the investigation," Bratton said. "We've got very good investigators."
"They will be prepared to deal with whatever the coroner's findings may be."
Meanwhile, TMZ reports that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies who raided Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch back in 2003 found a syringe, some powerful narcotics, vials and IV bags containing what could be anesthesia.
Again, this is 2003, and not related to the current case. However, it may shed light on the troubled star's drug habits. The search of Neverland unearthed:
- A vial of Versed - a powerful sedative
- Several IV bags containing "a milky white fluid, located in a small cardboard box on top of the bathtub." Propofol and other anesthesias are milky white. Propofol was in Jackson's home the day he died.
- A vial of Promethazine - an antihistamine with strong sedative effects
- A bottle of Alprazolam (generic for Xanax, a powerful anti-anxiety drug)
- A bottle of Percocet - a painkiller
- A syringe
- A vial with Demerol in it
- Numerous loose pills outside bottles
- A bottle of Prednisone - a steroid
- Ery-tab - an antibiotic
- Prescriptions for Xanax that had been filled
- A prescription for Alprazolam
- Oxygen tanks
- IV stands