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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Michael Jackson, Manslaughter?; Authorities Raid Dr. Conrad Murray's Office; Joe Jackson Says "Foul Play." Concert Film Due in Ocotober

Michael Jackson's death is being investigated as potentially a case of manslaughter. People:

    Authorities are investigating whether Michael Jackson's death was a case of manslaughter, according to a search warrant served on the offices of the entertainer's doctor.

    The search of Dr. Conrad Murray's clinic in Houston was conducted Wednesday morning by agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, two detectives from the LAPD's Robbery Homicide division and officers from the Houston Police Department, according to Murray's attorney.

More from TMZ:

    Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, just released a statement about today's raid at the doc's office -- saying law enforcement officials were searching for evidence "of the offense of manslaughter."

    [...]

    "The search warrant authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense 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."

Joseph Jackson accuses Dr. Murray of "foul play." The Mirror:

    Michael Jackson's dad yesterday accused his son's doctor of being behind his death.

    Joe Jackson repeated his claims of "foul play" - but went further as he pointed the finger at medic Conrad Murray.

    He told US chatshow host Larry King: "The doctor gave him something to make him rest and he don't wake up no more. Something is wrong."

    Joe, 79, accused Dr Murray of fleeing after his son's death in Los Angeles on June 25.

    He said: "He ran away. They had to look for him for three days to find him. To me that is foul play.

    "Something happened there. This wasn't just drugs. There's something else behind all of that."

Both autopsies are said to confirm use of the anesthetic Propofol. Hollywood Gossip:

    You may recall that Michael Jackson's family commissioned a second autopsy on the star's body after the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office conducted one.

    Well, the results are in and they are not any different.

    A source with knowledge of the findings from both autopsies tells E! News that the private pathologist's findings are consistent with the county coroner's.

    In addition to finding needle marks on Jackson's body, both procedures revealed a potentially lethal amount of Propofol in the late singer's system.

    Propofol is a potent anesthetic administered via IV that leaves people in a largely comatose state. It should never be found outside a hospital, but it was.

Jackson concert film to be released in October by Sony. Entertainment Weekly:

    Sony Pictures has paid $60 million for the rights to release a movie of footage shot during Michael Jackson's rehearsals for his This Is It concert tour, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film will hit theaters October 30. According to ther [sic] reports, AEG Live, which is said to have 80 hours of rehearsal footage at its disposal[.]

It's still hard to believe Michael Jackson is no longer with us, isn't it?

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