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Michael Jackson's doctor could face homicide charge over death

Dr Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's cardiologist
Dr Conrad Murray was Michael Jackson's cardiologist
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
LONDON - NOVEMBER 15: Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage during the 2006 World Music Awards at Earls Court on November 15, 2006 in London.
LONDON - MARCH 05: Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
Michael Jackson
US singer Michael Jackson announces that he is set to play ten live concerts at the London O2 Arena in July, which he announced at a press conference at the London O2 Arena, Thursday, March 5, 2009. The singer also stated that this would be his final performances in London. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Michael Jackson in his ground-breaking Thriller video.
Pop legend Michael Jackson
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
SANTA MARIA, CA - JUNE 13: Michael Jackson waves as he leaves Santa Barbara County Superior Court after he was acquitted in his child molestation case June 13, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. After seven days of deliberation the jury has reached a not guilty verdict on all 10 counts in the trial against Michael Jackson. Jackson was charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. He pleaded innocent.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987.
Singer Michael Jackson performs with his brothers at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1989 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson appears before the press in 1988 in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson ouside Madame Tussauds in London
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas
Michael Jackson on stage in 1993.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage in 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs on stage in 1987 in Japan.
Singer/songwriter Michael Jackson waves to fans as he arrives for court on September 17, 2004 in Santa Maria, California
Michael Jackson exits courtroom after his child molestation trial is turned over to jury for delibration at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse June 3, 2005 in Santa Maria, California. Jackson is charged in a 10-count indictment with molesting a boy, plying him with liquor and conspiring to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion.
Michael Jackson
Following his arraignment, Michael Jackson delighted fan by jumping on top of his car and greeting his supporters at the Santa Maria Courthouse in Santa Maria, CA on January 16, 2004.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson with 10 year old Jimmy Suchcraft on the tour plane on 11th of July 1988.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour in Tokyo,Japan on the 14th of September 1987.
Michael Jackson performing on stage during his "Bad" World Tour at Wembley Stadium on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist
Singer Michael Jackson leaves Capitol Hill after a meeting with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) March 31, 2004 in Washington, DC. Jackson was on Capitol Hill to meet with African-American lawmakers and offer his support on the fight against AIDS and help for African children.
1987 : Michael Jackson recieves an Honourary Doctrate with Whitney Houston from the Cosmopolitan University. 1987
Singer Michael Jackson performs at his 30th anniversary celebration on 10th September, 2001 in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Singer Michael Jackson in 1983 in London.
Singer Michael Jackson on stage for the start of a tour in July, 1983 In Kansas.
Michael Jackson is searched as he enters the courthouse for his arraignment on child molestation charges, 16 January 2004 at the courthouse in Santa Maria, California.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "HiStory" concert tour held in New York in 1997
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, singer Michael Jackson is shown in a mug shot after he was booked on multiple counts for allegedly molesting a child November 20, 2003 in Santa Barbara, California.
Michael Jackson arrives at the Madame Tussards Waxwork Museum to unveil his waxwork during 1985 in London,England.
Michael Jackson arrives at the HMV store in London,England during his to "BAD" tour of Britain on the 14th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
A portrait of Michael Jackson before his "BAD" world concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984.
Michael Jackson of the Jackson Five performs on stage during the Jackson 5 Victory Tour at Arrowhead Stadium,Kansas City on the 6th of July 1984
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields arrive at the Picture Show in New York,United States of America.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Michael Jackson performs on stage during his "BAD" concert tour held at Wembley Stadium ,London on the 15th of July 1988.While performing in London, England Michael breaks a world record (as shown in the Guinness Book Of World Records) with 504,000 people attending 7 sold out shows at Wembley Stadium, more than any other artist.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Music singer Michael Jackson arrives to perform at the 30th anniversary celebrations held on September 8, 2001 at Madison Square Gardens, in New York.
Music star Michael Jackson performs during the Bad Tour in 1987 at Wembley Stadium, in London.
Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London in 1985
Music star Michael Jackson waves to his fans during his Tour in 1984, in London.
A doll of the entertainer Michael Jackson stands July 15, 1984 in USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Entertainer Michael Jackson poses with his pet boa constrictor September 15, 1987 in the USA. Jackson, who was the lead singer for the Jackson Five by age eight, reached the peak of his solo career with 1982''s "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time and recipient of eight Grammy awards.
Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

Michael Jackson's personal doctor could be charged over his death following an apparent ruling of homicide in the case.

The Associated Press reported a law enforcement official claiming the Los Angeles County coroner had determined the singer died after being given a lethal cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs.

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Meanwhile, court documents have shown that Dr Conrad Murray administered the powerful sedative Propofol just hours before the King of Pop collapsed.

The physician's lawyer Ed Chernoff refused to comment on the reported homicide ruling, adding that most “anonymous” claims since Jackson's death had later been proven wrong.

LA County Coroner's office has refused to confirm or deny the report by the Associated Press.

Captain John Kades, of the coroner's department, said: “We have not released any information on the Jackson case. We do not know where this information is coming from.”

Under US law, homicide could refer to murder or negligent or reckless manslaughter. Reports that the coroner had decided in favour of a homicide ruling came as court documents confirmed that authorities believe a lethal dosage of Propofol killed the 50-year-old singer.

The documents also said Dr Murray told police that in the days before Jackson's demise he had administered several drugs to Jackson to help him sleep.

These included Propofol, which he administered via an intravenous line.

But he feared that the singer was becoming addicted to the drug and halved his dosage from 50 milligrams a night to 25 milligrams.

Dr Murray told officers that during the morning, he tried to induce sleep without the use of Propofol.

But after giving the singer a cocktail of other drugs, he turned to propofol following persistent requests from Jackson himself.

The last time Dr Murray administered the medication was 10.40am on June 25 — just hours before Jackson's heart stopped.

Court reports suggested that the physician left Jackson's side soon after giving him the drug, claims he has since denied.

The physician has increasingly become the focus of police efforts to establish the cause of Jackson's death.

To date, two offices and a pharmacy connected to Dr Murray have been searched by police, as has his own home.

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