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The ongoing Michael Jackson homicide investigation is nearing its end, and will be presented to the L.A. County District Attorney in ... 3-4 weeks.

Hey, no one said it was moving quickly. Just almost done.

The bulk of the investigation is completed and Michael Jackson's personal doctor at the time of his death June 25 remains the singular target, sources say.

LAPD detectives have requested opinions from several medical experts who will analyze the evidence and offer their opinions on Dr. Conrad Murray's conduct.

Several glaring inconsistencies and suspect findings regarding Murray's actions on the above date have police pondering what to believe and how to respond.

Will Dr. Conrad Murray be charged in the death of Michael Jackson?

Medical experts usually submit their findings in 2-3 weeks, and detectives need another week to compile evidence for their formal presentation to the D.A.

Law enforcement sources also say an arrest will not be made before Dr. Conrad Murray is charged with a crime, assuming he is charged with a crime at all.

A manslaughter charge seems the most likely crime he would be charged with, a;though less serious - and more serious - charges have not been ruled out.

The case is complicated by the fact that Jackson was taking various drugs, even with compelling evidence that Propofol was the direct cause of his death.

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Members of Michael Jackson's family are already speaking to attorneys who might represent them in a wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray.

Under normal circumstances, Murray would certainly be found responsible and face consequences - or at least tried in court to see if he should be liable.

But in this case, Jackson's death may prove to be such an economic windfall - rather than a detriment to the family - that it could make a lawsuit moot.

Michael Jackson's family could sue for the economic loss suffered by his death - e.g., the financial support Jackson could have provided had he not died.

But in reality, Jackson's death may be an economic gain. It's clear Michael Jackson is more profitable in death than he was in the last years of his life.

So even if lawyers proved Dr. Conrad Murray and others were responsible for the King of Pop's demise, securing compensation could be a hard sell.

Making Dr. Conrad Murray pay up could be a long shot.

The family could also seek compensation for non-economic damages such as loss of companionship and love, but the settlement amounts are capped at $250,000 if the lawsuit is based on malpractice against a medical provider, as is the case.

If the family could prove the defendants acted with malice, they could get punitive damages. "Malice" includes proof of "despicable conduct." The family could also win punitive damages if the defendant is convicted of felony homicide.

However, punitive damages must bear a relationship to damages for economic losses. Again, in Michael Jackson's case, it's hard to say if there are any.

In the end, the homicide investgation (which could lead to criminal charges) into Jackson's death and Conrad Murray's conduct could be the end of it.

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Law enforcement sources say the one and only person the LAPD is focusing on in the ongoing Michael Jackson homicide investigation is Dr. Conrad Murray.

For weeks, Murray has garnered the most attention from investigators and the media outlets covering the case, as he was Jackson's personal physician.

But other Jackson doctors, including Dr. Arnold Klein, have been scrutinized by law enforcement for their role in supplying the late superstar with drugs.

Sources say that right now, however, Dr. Conrad Murray is the only person in the crosshairs in the homicide investigation surrounding Jackson's death.

Vintage MJ

Police are treating the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009) as a homicide.

Michael Jackson died June 25 of a lethal Propofol injection administered by Dr. Murray. He has admitted this, and while he clearly did not mean to cause the death of the King of Pop, a number of factors may result in criminal charges being filed.

Among the many inconsistencies and strange actions taken by Murray on the day of Jackson's deathis the unexplained 82-minute window during which the singer was believed to have stopped breathing before anyone dialed 911.

Sources say manslaughter or even murder charges are imminent.

Other doctors are by no means in the clear, as they may be facing fraudulent prescription charges as well as consequences for prescribing to an addict.

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What appeared to be an open-and-shut overdose on June 25 has mushroomed into an investigation that is getting more convoluted and suspicious by the day.

The L.A. County Coroner and LAPD are not buying the story of Dr. Conrad Murray, who says he gave Michael Jackson a relatively low dose of Propofol.

Sources cited by TMZ say that the L.A. County Coroner has determined Michael Jackson died from a lethal level of Propofol. There were "traces" of other drugs in Jackson's system, but nothing that would have killed him.

According to the search warrant affidavit, Dr. Murray said he gave Jackson 25 milligrams of Propofol shortly before the singer stopped breathing June 25.

Dr. Murray also said he had been giving Jackson 50 milligrams for the prior six weeks, but he felt the star might be forming an addiction so he cut back.

In reality, sources say it takes about 400 milligrams of Propofol for someone Jackson's size to sleep eight hours - 16 times what Dr. Murray says he gave.

Law enforcement sources simply do not buy that 25 milligrams would have in any way compromised Jackson, especially since he had a high tolerance.

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Moreover, the L.A. County Coroner still can't pinpoint the time of Jackson's death - another sketchy part of Murray's story - but paramedics say when they arrived they believed he was dead for at least an hour and maybe longer.

According to Dr. Conrad Murray (and his phone records), this was the timeline:

  • Murray administered Propofol to Jackson at 10:40 a.m.
  • Then minutes later (10:50), he walked out, went to the bathroom and returned two minutes later (10:52) to find Jackson was not breathing. 
  • Numerous phone calls totaling 47 minutes are made.
  • He did not have anyone call 911 until 12:21 p.m. ... approximately an hour-and-a-half (or 82 minutes later according to some accounts).

Sources say that when Dr. Murray was interviewed by police two days after Jackson died, with his lawyer by his side, the doctor's account seemed "scripted."

So when did Michael Jackson really die?

Rigor mortis typically doesn't set in for at least three hours, if not longer. If it has not set in, the only way to approximate time of death is body temperature.

If a person dies, their temperature eventually rises or falls to the environment. For example, if he were in a 70 degree room, his body would fall to 70.

Body temperature typically drops a degree to a degree and a half per hour, but the problem is that when paramedics arrived the room was sweltering.

Jackson's body temperature could therefore still register in the 90 degree range, even if he were dead for a long time. Also problematic? Paramedics did not get a read on his body temperature as they were busy performing CPR on Jackson.

Bottom line ... no one knows.

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82 minutes. That's how much time passed before anyone called 911 after Dr. Conrad Murray discovered that Michael Jackson stopped breathing June 25.

After treating Jackson all night for insomnia with powerful drugs, the pop star's personal physician noticed the singer unresponsive around 11 a.m.

No one called for assistance for nearly an hour and a half.

This and other suspicious behavior is outlined Monday by the LAPD in an unsealed search warrant in what has been ruled a homicide investigation.

Detectives are still determining whether the singer died because of a single doctor or the "grossly negligent treatment of several doctors" over time. But the actions of Dr. Conrad Murray that morning are certainly a focal point.

Murray told police he administered what would be the singer's final dose of Propofol, a hospital-strength anesthetic, around 10:40 a.m. He said he left Jackson's side for two minutes to use the restroom, returning to find him not breathing.

Murray's cell phone records show he made three separate calls totaling 47 minutes beginning at 11:18 a.m., something he did not reveal to investigators.

This suggests Murray was either not paying full attention to Jackson, or was frantically making calls after the discovery that the star had ceased breathing.

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Murray's attorney, Ed Chernoff, said in a statement that while much of the information contained in the affidavit is factual, "much is police theory."

The lawyer disputes the timeline reported by law enforcement, saying it is merely "implied" and Murray "never said he found Jackson at 11:00 a.m."

But the detective's report also alleges Murray never told paramedics or ER staff about Propofol – lethal amounts of which were found inside Jackson.

Murray said only that he had given the sedative Lorazepam and an antidote. Police say he would not sign the death certificate at UCLA Medical Center.

He could not be reached for nearly a day after. There is no traceable record of any Propofol purchases under Dr. Conrad Murray's medical license.

Moreover, a search of Michael Jackson's home after his death turned up a variety of sedatives and other prescription drugs in multiple vials and bottles – none of which were labeled as prescribed to any patient by a physician.

Among the burning questions:

  • Has Dr. Murray really come clean with the LAPD?
  • Will (and should) a manslaughter charge be filed against him?
  • Why didn't he call 911 the second Jackson was unresponsive?
  • Why was he on the phone for 47 minutes during that window?
  • Why did he refuse to pronounce Jackson dead at his house, or at UCLA, and then disappear for a day after the singer passed away?

The biggest question of all: whether Murray is just a fall guy in all of this. Is Michael Jackson responsible for his own death?

 

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A search warrant affidavit unsealed in Houston and obtained by the L.A. Times today appears to confirm what we have speculated for several weeks now:

Michael Jackson died June 25 after a lethal dose of the anesthesia Propofol.

Also, The Associated Press confirms that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide, upping the chances of criminal charges will eventually be filed against the doctor who was with him when he died.

According to the report, Dr. Conrad Murray told police he had been treating Jackson for insomnia, giving him 50 milligrams of Propofol every night via IV. Murray feared the singer was getting addicted and reduced the dosage to 25.

The morning of June 25, Dr. Murray gave the star Valium at 1:30 a.m. Murray said that didn't work, so he gave the singer an IV injection of Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety drug. Jackson was still awake, so Murray then gave him Midazolam, a sedative.

He didn't stop there. At 10:40 a.m., Dr. Conrad Murray administered 25 milligrams of Propofol. Murray told police Jackson repeatedly demanded the drug.

Conrad Murray told police that about 10 minutes after administering the Propofol, he "left Jackson's side to go to the restroom and relieve himself."

Michael in Concert

Murray said he was away from Jackson's side for two minutes maximum, not several hours before calling 911 as some investigators have speculated.

Upon his return, Murray noticed that "Jackson was no longer breathing."

Police found eight bottles of Propofol in Jackson's house after he died, but do not know where Murray purchased it. Officials also found and seized Valium, Tamsulosin, Lorazepam, Temazepam, Clonazepam, Trazodone and Tizanidine.

According to the report, the various drugs in Michael Jackson's house had been prescribed to him by Dr. Murray, Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Allan Metzger.

Dr. Murray, who refused to sign the star's death certificate at UCLA Medical Center, told police he gave Propofol to Jackson but was not the only one.

He said he was at a Las Vegas cosmetologist's office where Dr. David Adams gave Jackson Propofol. It is unclear if there are other doctors implicated.

Murray is expected to be charged criminally this week or next. Manslaughter or even murder seem likely at this point. Klein may face malpractice charges.

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Michael Jackson’s embattled personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, will face a manslaughter charge within the next two weeks, law enforcement sources say.

The source initially said Conrad Murray could be arrested next week, but investigators have decided to execute one more search warrant at an L.A. pharmacy.

Murray's arrest is now expected the following week. He is believed to have administered the fatal dose of Propofol to the singer at his home early June 25.

Meanwhile, Jackson’s longtime dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein, will be hit with charges related to medical malpractice in connection with Jackson's death.

Dr. Arnold Klein is also rumored to be the biological father of two of Michael's children. Sources say he will not be arrested for at least another two weeks.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office sought to quell the rumors of the doctors' impending arrests, saying in a statement:

“Until the police complete their investigation and bring it to our office, there is absolutely no way to know what charges may be filed and against whom.”

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As the exhaustive investigation into Michael Jackson's death nears its conclusion it appears Dr. Conrad Murray, left, and Dr. Arnold Klein will both face charges.

But a source tells Fox News that the DA's office is currently in talks with investigators about whether they will offer Dr. Conrad Murray the option of surrendering in L.A., rather than arresting him in Houston, where he is currently living.

Investigators initially hoped to, or at least weighed if they could charge Murray with an even more serious crime, since a defendant may be prosecuted on a second degree murder charge in California even without the presence of a motive.

Prosecutors doubt that a jury would convict him without one, however, as no one believes Murray meant to kill Jackson. A manslaughter charge is more likely.

Law enforcement sources previously stated that Murray admitted he gave the star the intravenous anesthetic Propofol to help him sleep hours before he died.

Propofol was at least a contributing factor in the 50-year-old entertainer's death, though toxicology results also revealed the presence of Xanax in his system.

Dr. Arnold Klein, a Beverly Hills dermatologist, has admitted giving the painkiller Demerol - but not Propofol - to Michael Jackson, who suffered from insomnia.

Murray posted a video on YouTube yesterday, ostensibly as a way of thanking friends and patients, but likely gearing up for the media battle he is sure to face if he is charged. The video statement was his first public comment since June 25.

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The late Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, just posted a YouTube video in which he thanks his supporters for standing by him.

It is the first public comment made by Murray, who finds himself the center of the investigation into Jackson's untimely demise, since that fatal day.

In the video, recorded last week in Houston by the publicist for Murray's lawyer (yes, you read that correctly, his lawyer has a publicist), Conrad says:

"I want to thank my patients and friends who have sent such kind emails, letters and messages to let me know of your support and prayers for me and my family."

"Because of all that is going on, I am afraid to return phone calls or use email. I recorded this video to let you know I have been receiving your messages."

"I have not been able to thank you personally, which is not normal for me. Your messages give me strength and courage. They mean the world to me."

"Please, don't worry - as long as I keep God in my heart and you in my life, I will be fine. I have done all I can. I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail."

"God bless you and thank you."

According to numerous reports, Dr. Conrad Murray told the LAPD he administered a fatal dose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol to Jackson in his rented Beverly Hills mansion in the hours before his death on Thursday, June 25.

The timeline of Jackson's death remains a hot topic of debate among police.

Sincere? Heartfelt? Full of it? Just plain weird? What do you think?

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While Joe Jackson says son Michael will be buried on his birthday (August 29), Michael's mother Katherine reportedly is mulling filing a wrongful death suit.

Police are investigating who is responsible for The King of Pop's June 25 cardiac arrest, and his mother, who has full guardianship of his children, wants justice.

Farewell, Michael Jackson

Authorities probing Jackson's death are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray, his personal physician, who is suspected of giving him the powerful anesthetic Propofol.

"The possibility of a wrongful death action has been floated," Katherine Jackson's lawyer Burt Levitch said. "In that regard, no decision has been finalized."

"Dr. Conrad Murray's name has been floated [as a possible defendant in the potential lawsuit] because he is under investigation," the attorney added.

Katherine Jackson will raise MJ's kids and receive 40 percent of his estate.

Just how negligent was Murray? Police think he may have left the singer unattended after administering the lethal dose, leaving him dead for five hours before a 911 call was placed, during which he tried to "clean up" his actions.

Nevertheless, we emphasize that this is only one theory, and while the investigation is ongoing, the doctor denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff also approved a merchandising agreement expected to add $15 million to Michael Jackson's estate.

A decision to green-light a deal for a proposed three-city tour of Michael Jackson memorabilia was put on hold, however, in light of objections by Katherine.

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Exhaustive investigative reporting has revealed more sketchy details related to Michael Jackson's personal physician and the timeline of the pop icon's death.

An uncle of the two sisters who worked at Dr. Conrad Murray's practice in Houston says that the day Michael Jackson died, one woman got a call from either Dr. Murray or someone who worked for him to go and pick up boxes at his storage facility.

She got the call five hours before Dr. Murray called 911, calling into question why there is a huge gap between the time of death and when it was reported.

Joseph Middleton recalls that on the morning of June 25, one of his nieces, LaQuisha Middleton, had just arrived at Conrad Murray's medical practice, where she worked, when she received a call to go to the storage facility.

The motivation behind this call and what exactly was removed are several factors holding up the ongoing police investigation into Dr. Murray and others.

  • LaQuanda and LaQuisha
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Dr. Conrad Murray's staff's conduct on June 25 raises more questions.

He does not know who called LaQuisha, but based on conversations with her, he says the call came either from Murray or someone who works for Dr. Murray.

He says she went with another woman, but not LaQuanda Price, LaQuisha's sister.

The manager of the storage facility says two women, whom she believed to be Laquisha and LaQuanda, arrived at 9:22 a.m. CST and picked up 3-5 boxes.

That is 7:22 a.m. PST time, or about five hours before the 911 call.

It took multiple bottles of the powerful anesthesia Propofol to keep Michael Jackson asleep a single night. Law enforcement sources believe the Propofol may have been stored at one or more locations under Murray's control and shipped to L.A.

Law enforcement thinks Dr. Murray left Jackson unattended after giving him Propofol, maybe even falling asleep himself, and returned to a lifeless Jackson. Police believe Murray may have spent time "cleaning up" the situation before calling 911.

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