August 24, 2009 in Nation/World

Coroner: Michael Jackson death ‘homicide’

Associated Press
 
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A law enforcement official tells the Associated Press that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled Michael Jackson’s June 25 death a homicide.

A search warrant affidavit says Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his system when he died.

The document unsealed Monday allowed officials to raid the Houston offices and storage facility of Dr. Conrad Murray last month.

It says Murray told a Los Angeles police officer he administered several drugs to Jackson the day he died, including 25 milligrams of the sedative, which he gave intravenously.

The affidavit says Murray never ordered, purchased or received any of the propofol but that the doctor found about eight bottles of it in Jackson’s home along with numerous other vials and pills.

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