Michael Jackson's death: 'No smoking gun' found in LAPD interview with Jackson's doctor
A three-hour Los Angeles Police Department interview with Michael Jackson’s personal physician Saturday night turned up “no smoking gun,” according to a source close to the investigation into the pop icon’s death.
Dr. Conrad Murray was “cooperative” in answering detectives’ questions, said the source, who requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation. Police investigators have been focused on Jackson's use of prescription drugs.
Murray's attorney said that he answered "every and all questions" asked by police.
The interview with the man who likely knew the most about the performer’s health did not provide police with conclusive answers about why Jackson, 50, stopped breathing and went into cardiac arrest.
Police have stressed that Murray, who had treated Jackson for three years, was not the target of a criminal investigation. Edward Chernoff, a Houston criminal defense lawyer who accompanied him to the interview, said afterwards that Murray was “in no way a suspect.”
Murray was performing CPR on the entertainer when paramedics arrived at Jackson’s Holmby Hills residence Thursday. The doctor, who has practiced in Las Vegas and Houston, had treated Jackson for three years and was to travel with him to London for a seven-month concert run.
A statement from Chernoff's firm, Stradley, Chernoff & Alford said:
"During the meeting Dr. Murray helped identify the circumstances around the death of the pop icon and clarified some inconsistencies. Dr. Murray has been in Los Angeles since the death of Mr. Jackson. He rode in the ambulance to the hospital and stayed at the hospital for hours comforting and consoling the Jackson family."
Murray will remain in Los Angeles until investigators no longer need his assistance with the investigation.
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