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Michael Jackson's Doctor's Office Raided For Manslaughter Evidence

Investigators looking into Michael Jackson's death raided the Houston clinic of his doctor on Wednesday, and his attorney said they were seeking evidence of manslaughter.

The lawyer for Conrad Murray, the personal physician Jackson hired to look after him as he prepared for his comeback concerts, said the search warrant "authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense of manslaughter."

Among the items taken were a "forensic image of a business computer hard drive", tablets of the weight loss drug phentermine, tablet of the muscle relaxant clonazepam and several documents, after they combed through for about 2 1/2 hours.

Murray has emerged as a central figure in the investigation into Jackson's death. The doctor was the last person with Jackson and tried to revive him after he stopped breathing. The doctor has continued to insist that he's not a suspect, but as shown with the latest developments, authorities seem to believe otherwise.

"Dr. Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him," says his attorney. "Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports, he has to walk around 24-7 with a bodyguard."

"He can't operate his practice. He can't go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes. We don't have access to the most important information. In this case, the toxicology report. We're still in the dark like everybody else."

"The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal. Based on Dr. Murray's minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson's last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges."

Officials have also requested a third interview with Murray. A date for that has not yet been set.

For Michael Jackson's death to turn into a manslaughter case, prosecutors would have to show that Murray acted in a negligent or reckless way, such as by administering the dangerous anesthetic Demerol/Propofol unnecessarily, which eventually caused the pop star's death.

July 23, 2009 |

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