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Girlfriend of Michael Jackson's doctor to testify before grand jury, sources say [Updated]

Prosecutors investigating Michael Jackson’s death have called the girlfriend of the singer’s personal doctor to testify before a grand jury this week, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is asking a grand jury only to take testimony from Nicole Alvarez, 27, and is not being asked "at this time" to determine whether Dr. Conrad Murray should be charged with a crime, the sources said. Murray is the target of a manslaughter probe related to Jackson's death, and the sources told The Times the girlfriend has not been cooperating with detectives.

Instead, prosecutors are using the panel’s subpoena power to question Alvarez, according to the sources, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because the investigation is ongoing.

This summer, police searched the apartment where Alvarez lives with the couple’s infant son, but she was not forthcoming with detectives, the sources said.

An attorney for Alvarez did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

[Updated at 1:20 p.m.: Alvarez's attorney said his client received a subpoena several days ago to appear before the grand jury Wednesday morning.

“We are definitely going to cooperate, but as to whether that happens [Wednesday], that remains to be seen. It is short notice,” said lawyer Joseph Low IV of Long Beach.

He disputed the source's characterization of Alvarez as uncooperative.

“The only thing she asked was that she be notified when they wanted to talk to her and that she have the ability to have a lawyer there because she doesn’t know what to expect,” Low said.

He said that instead, detectives arrived unannounced to search her residence and take a statement. Low said he would be “surprised” if Alvarez knew anything useful to investigators.

“She has no incriminating information about herself or anybody else as far as we know,” he said.]

A spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, Jane Robinson, said, “We cannot comment on whether is or is not a grand jury proceeding.”

Murray acknowledged to police detectives that he administered the anesthetic propofol and other medications to Jackson before his June 25 death.

The coroner’s office determined the singer died from “acute propofol intoxication” combined with sedatives and labeled his death a homicide. Murray contends through his lawyer that he did nothing wrong.

-- Richard Winton and Harriet Ryan

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It's about time this moved along. Death certificate ruled this a homicide from acute propoful intoxication and injection by another and still no arrest? MJ was a beloved entertainer and humanitarian. His death investigation deserves the same attention as the random senseless murders that are too tragically enmeshed in media these days. Come on LAPD, let's put the proper conclusion on this and rid the country of another hapless, mindless, soulless "doctor".

I think the doctor should change his name to Dr. kevorkian. Strange thing is that I don't think Michael wanted to die, and this doctor should have known how dangerous these drugs were, and what they were intended to be used for. His girlfriend probably knows a lot about this situation, and she doesn't want to help convict her man. Hm, but, is it okay to protect a murderer just because he is the father of your children? That's a tough question.

I feel like I getting dumber these days. Kanye and screaming and politicians. All the gossip on the news. We need to bring back a little class and intellect to the US.

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Please give Mike's family a little peace.

the sad thing is Michael is dead.

but the saddest is that even in death we cant give him justice. :(

Is this how justice works in LA, skip the trial just string 'em up because people have only a small part of the evidence?

Michael Jackson was described as an 'addict' in 2003 prescription drugs in various names were found at Neverland.

Just days before his death Michael was said to have pleaded for Diprivan, also known as Propofol, from a nurse.

Michael knew what he wanted and I would think was aware of the risks he was taking as far back as 1994 he was said to have gone into rehab due to a 'life threatening' habit.

Even the nutritioner know how illegal that drug to inject to a human at home which is not supposedly to do it, how can a professional doctor has no knowledge at all. This doctor is either no sense or no knowledge at his mind. Unless he cheat on his license and his doctor degree....which is lots of people obtained their degree by cheating without any sense of the study.

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she knows something he was spending the days with her and the night with Michael he should have told her somthing...i want the LAPD to grill her with questions , she must know something about the people who hired him in the first place.

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Absolutely, Dr. Murray must have been talking to his girlfriend about the situation. I know my child's father used to tell me things about his criminal activity all the time, even though I was not accepting of it. But he knew there was nothing I could do about it, so he didn't fear telling me. Same in this case, she has a baby with him, so she's not gonna get him sent to jail, she needs his help.

My heart goes out to MJ's beautiful babies. May they grow up with love, and strength. I know MJ's spirit is in all of US..HIS FANS. Lets carry on his legacy, and LOVE.

Talking to a grand jury, where you swear to tell the truth and nothing but the whole truth so help you is like pulling up to your home and finding the crew from 60 Minutes camped
on your lawn, EXTREME spotlight. I just hope Ms. Alvarez is a little more forthcoming to the grand jury then she has been with the LAPD. Oh, and how old is the good doctor?

Dr. Murray is old enough to receive SSI and has the nerve to have a 27 year old girlfriend and an infant child. WOW!!! He is a killer and should have known better. He's just plain old greedy. He'll do anything for money!

Jackson was a long time pill freak drug abuser. He obviously couldn't handle the propofol peak. Too bad, so sad.

Odd that the DA has to get a grand jury to subpoena this woman since her attorney said she is not uncooperative. She has to know that her boyfriend was a license drug dealer. She might even know what time MJ really died and what Dr. Murray failed to do that caused the death of MJ.

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