Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled a homicide according to a law enforcement official.
Michael’s personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray claims he was trying to wean Michael off propofol.
L.A. Coroner’s Finding Makes it More Likely Criminal Charges will be Filed Against King of Pop’s Doctor
(CBS/ AP) Michael Jackson’s death has been ruled a homicide caused by a mix of drugs meant to treat insomnia, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press, while his personal doctor told investigators he was actually trying to wean the King of Pop off the powerful anesthetic that did him in.
Forensic tests found the anesthetic propofol combined with at least two sedatives to kill Jackson, according to the official, who spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released. Based on those tests, the Los Angeles County Coroner has ruled the death a homicide, the official said.
The coroner’s homicide ruling does not necessarily mean a crime was committed. But it makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed against Dr. Conrad Murray, the Las Vegas cardiologist who was caring for the pop star when he died June 25 in a rented Los Angeles mansion.
The coroner’s finding “doesn’t mean we are going to see a homicide, as opposed to manslaughter case against anyone,” said CBS News legal analyst Andrew Cohen. “The examiner’s office doesn’t distinguish between legal terms ‘manslaughter’ and ‘homicide.'”
The doctor said he’d been treating Jackson for insomnia for about six weeks with 50 milligrams of propofol every night via an intravenous drip, the affidavit said. Murray said he feared Jackson was becoming addicted to the anesthetic, which is supposed to be used only in hospitals and other advanced medical settings, so he had lowered the dose to 25 milligrams and added the sedatives lorazepam and midazolam.
That combination had succeeded in helping Jackson sleep two days prior to his death. So the next day, Murray told detectives, he cut off the propofol — and Jackson fell asleep with just the two sedatives.
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It’s sad that Michael couldn’t find other ways that didn’t involve drugs to help him with his insomnia. From what I’ve read he’s been having sleep problems for years.