Police have launched a criminal investigation into Michael Jackson's shocking death, his family's lawyer said yesterday. And the Jacksons are set to start their own legal battle if no one is charged over the tragedy. Michael's personal doctor was quizzed for three hours by Los Angeles Police Department on Saturday.
Dr Conrad Murray is suspected of giving Jacko a shot of the potent painkiller Demerol before he collapsed and frantically tried to revive the singer long after he had died. He is even believed to have plunged a syringe into the 50-year-old pop icon's heart in his efforts to save him. Homicide detectives investigating the death have insisted it is not a criminal investigation.
But family lawyer Brian Oxman yesterday told The Sun the Jacksons have been told otherwise - and they want anybody who is found to be responsible to be brought to justice. The family carried out their own private second autopsy on Saturday to give them evidence to launch legal proceedings after the coroner's examination ruled out foul play. Mr Oxman said: "I can tell you, and this is a new development, there is a criminal investigation taking place by the Los Angeles Police Department. That is the case. They have told the family.
"What they are going to do, who they are going to talk to and what is going to happen, I don't know. That is up to them. I don't want to make any accusations as to any particular people. I want to wait till the toxicology tests are completed and let the authorities do their thing. Then we will find out."
As for Dr Murray, he added: "I don't know what he did. But the reports I have heard are disturbing. A Demerol shot sure sounds consistent with what I knew." Dr Murray, 51, had desperately tried to save Jackson's life before the 911 call was made on Thursday. The Jackson family want to know what happened in those crucial minutes - and he has been criticised by medical experts for administering CPR on a bed rather than the floor.
Source: The Sun