March 23, 2010
Posted: 09:12 AM ET
Los Angeles, California - Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team accused prosecutors Monday of leaking a police report to a reporter to force them to reveal their defense strategy in the involuntary manslaughter case stemming from Michael Jackson's death.
The "death investigation police report" includes a statement from a witness who said Murray stopped resuscitation efforts on Jackson so he could collect drug vials, said Miranda Sevcik, a spokeswoman for defense lawyer Ed Chernoff.
"We note that this statement was given more than two months after Michael Jackson's death and is inconsistent with a statement he (the witness) gave the police the day after Mr. Jackson was taken to the hospital," Chernoff said. "Further, his statement does not match up with much of the physical evidence found at the scene."
Sandi Gibbons, the spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney, said prosecutors did not provide the document to the Associated Press, which initially reported on the document.
"We haven't given anybody anything," Gibbons said.
Murray, the pop star's personal physician, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.
The Los Angeles coroner concluded Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication."
Murray told investigators he gave Jackson propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to help him sleep.
The autopsy report said investigators found "multiple opened bottles of propofol" in Jackson's home.
The defense spokeswoman said "we can only assume" the investigation report was leaked by prosecutors since it was not done by the defense.
Filed under: Michael Jackson
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