A spokeswoman for Edward Chernoff, the lawyer representing [artist id=”1102 “]Michael Jackson’s[/artist] personal doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, said Friday (July 24) that media reports claiming the doctor is the subject of a manslaughter probe are not accurate.
A spokesperson for Chernoff told MTV News that a third interview between Murray and investigators is planned but not yet scheduled. In the meantime, spokeswoman Miranda Sevcik added: “As far as we know, Dr. Murray is still a witness in this case, not a suspect.” Her comments came after the Los Angles Times reported that court records filed Thursday in Houston name Murray as a suspect in the criminal investigation that resulted in two different search warrants served on Wednesday at the doctor’s Houston clinic and a storage unit in the area.
The search warrants said that investigators were looking for “items constituting evidence of the offense of manslaughter that tend to show that Dr. Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offense.” After interviewing Murray twice and not saying whether he was a suspect, the court records offered the first public confirmation by police that Murray is the focus of their investigation. Sevcik said Chernoff has not been notified of any change in his client’s status in regard to the investigation of what led to Jackson’s death June 25.
“I do not know what they are looking for, and I can’t possibly tell you how anything they took in any way connects with the death of Michael Jackson,” Chernoff told the Times. Chernoff was present at both searches, and he stressed that his client did not give Jackson any narcotics or other medication that “should have” caused his death.
When contacted for confirmation of the manslaughter probe, spokespeople for the Los Angeles Police Department have said multiple times they could not comment on the investigation beyond saying that it is a search for clues into what caused the singer’s death.
Murray was at his Las Vegas home Wednesday when the two searches took place in Houston, and authorities seized a raft of materials, including: vials of the weight-loss drug Phentermine and muscle relaxer Clonazepam; billing records; medication orders; shipping receipts; billing receipts; medical records; a photocopy picture of Dr. Murray; Rolodex cards; a bio on Dr. Murray; public-storage receipts; two computer hard drives; a medical-board certificate; letters to a former employee; a computer; e-mails from one of Murray’s former employees; and unnamed “implements and instruments used in the commission of a crime.”
The doctor was hired to be Jackson’s personal physician at a rate of $150,000 a month and was at the singer’s home last month when he found Jackson not breathing and administered CPR before paramedics arrived. On Friday, TMZ reported that two unnamed women who worked for Murray went to the doctor’s storage locker on the day Jackson died and took three to five boxes of materials and put them in a car. It is not known what, if any, connection those files might have had to the Jackson case.