Police seized cell phones and a computer hard drive from the Las Vegas home and office of Michael Jackson’s personal physician on Tuesday as the probe into the pop star’s sudden death focused increasingly on the doctor who was at his side when he died.
It was the second raid on Dr Conrad Murray’s offices in less than a week as officials seek evidence into the cause of the Thriller singer’s death of cardiac arrest on June 25.
Murray’s lawyer, Ed Chernoff, said after the first raid in Houston last week that police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents were looking for “evidence of the offence of manslaughter”.
On Tuesday, Chernoff said authorities in the Las Vegas raid were looking for “medical records relating to Michael Jackson and all of his reported aliases”.
Chernoff said in a statement that Murray was present during the four-hour search of his house “and assisted officers.
Authorities appear to be focusing their efforts on Jackson’s use of prescription drugs, particularly the anaesthetic propofol, and Murray’s possible involvement in providing it.
Media reports have said Jackson used numerous aliases over the years to get hold of a range of powerful prescription drugs. – Reuters.