After treating Michael Jackson all night for insomnia with various powerful drugs, the pop star’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, noticed the singer had stopped breathing around 11 a.m. on June 25, according to a police affidavit.
No less than 82 minutes would pass before a Jackson staffer dialed 911, apparently at the behest of Murray.
This and other alleged suspicious behavior was outlined Monday by an LAPD detective in an unsealed search warrant as part of the ongoing manslaughter investigation into Jackson’s death. The document, however, made note that detectives are still determining whether the singer died because of a single doctor, or the “grossly negligent treatment of several doctors” over time.
Doctor on Phone
Murray told police he was continuously monitoring Jackson all night at the singer’s Holmby Hills mansion and had administered what would be the singer’s final dose of propofol, a hospital-strength anesthetic, at around 10:40 a.m. Murray stated he left Jackson’s side for no more than two minutes to use the restroom, only to return to find his patient not breathing.
Police later obtained Murray’s cell phone records, which revealed he was on the phone for 47 minutes – in three separate calls – beginning at 11:18 a.m., something he did not reveal to investigators, according to the affidavit. The document suggests Murray was either not paying full attention to Jackson’s monitoring, or was frantically making calls following the discovery that the singer had stopped breathing.
On Monday, Murray’s attorney, Ed Chernoff, said in a statement: “Much of what was in the search warrant affidavit is factual. However, unfortunately, much is police theory. Most egregiously, the timeline reported by law enforcement was not obtained through interviews with Dr. Murray, as was implied by the affidavit. Dr. Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11:00 a.m. not breathing.”
No Word About Propofol
The detective’s report also alleges that Murray never informed paramedics or emergency room staff that he’d given Jackson propofol – lethal amounts of which were found in the singer’s body by the L.A. coroner. Murray said only that he’d given Jackson the sedative lorazepam and an antidote. Police also say Murray refused to sign the death certificate at UCLA Medical Center, where the singer was pronounced dead.
Shortly thereafter, detectives were called to the hospital to aid in the coroner’s investigation, but they were unable to locate Murray despite repeated attempts to reach him, the affidavit adds.
Moreover, police say a search of Jackson’s home 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. There has also been no traceable record of any propofol purchases under Murray’s medical license number, according to the document.
Murray, who had been hired by Jackson around March or April of this year and had administered propofol intravenously to the singer nightly for six weeks prior to his death, has consistently denied any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the L.A. coroner’s office, which has yet to release a full autopsy report due to the LAPD’s ongoing investigation, has reportedly ruled the singer’s death a homicide.