From the BNO Newsroom.
HOUSTON (BNO NEWS) — Authorities are executing a search warrant for the Houston clinic of Michael Jackson’s personal physician, officials told BNO News on Wednesday afternoon.
Violet Szeleczky, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said that the Los Angeles Police Department was carrying out the search and that the DEA was assisting.
The clinic is owned by Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson’s personal physician and was with him at the time the star died in his home last month. There has been widespread speculation that he might have played a role in Jackson’s death.
Officials had earlier told BNO News that Michael Jackson’s death investigation had turned into a criminal investigation.
The Los Angeles Police Department said they were not making comments on the search at this time.
Further details were not immediately available.
source: The breakingnewswire
Feds Raid Dr. Conrad Murray’s
Posted Jul 22nd 2009 12:03PM by TMZ Staff
We’ve learned the Houston office of Dr. Conrad Murray is currently being raided by federal authorities … and we’ve learned they are looking specifically for all medical records relating to Michael Jackson.
We’re told 8 Drug Enforcement Agency vehicles arrived at his offices about 30 minutes ago. Two LAPD detectives also arrived on scene along with uniformed members of the Houston Police Department and 10 members of the DEA’s Tactical Diversion Team. There are another dozen or so DEA agents on hand.
The law enforcement agents, armed with a search warrant, entered the property and began going through the property.
We’re told the LAPD asked the DEA for help in serving the warrant on the Armstrong Medical Clinic in Houston. The warrant is sealed.
Dr. Murray was Michael Jackson‘s personal physician — he was the man who performed CPR on Jackson before he died.
UPDATE: Last night, Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, issued a statement on his website regarding investigators asking for more medical records:
“The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal. Based on Dr. Murray’s minute-by-minute and item-by-item description of Michael Jackson’s last days, he should not be a target of criminal charges.”
UPDATE: It appears the DEA has left the building.
Michael Jackson’s Doctor
Under Investigation on Possible
ABC News First On the Scene as Officials Raid Conrad Murray’s Houston Office
Following a morning raid of Murray’s Houston office by federal drug agents and Los Angeles police detectives, his attorney Ed Chernoff said a search warrant “authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense of manslaughter.”
ABC News was first on the scene this morning as officials raided Murray’s office.
A caravan of 15 cars arrived at the office on Montgomery Road in Houston shortly after 10:20 (CST). More than two dozen DEA agents, Los Angeles police detectives and Houston uniformed officers, all wearing raid jackets, were among those on the scene.
Chernoff’s statement Wednesday afternoon made the first mention of a criminal investigation in the case. He said law enforcement officials “concluded their search around 12:30pm, and left with a forensic image of a business computer hard drive and 21 documents. None of the documents taken had previously been requested by law enforcement or the L.A. Coroner’s office.”
Manslaughter Search At Jacko
9:37pm UK, Wednesday July 22, 2009
Police and anti-drug authorities have searched the clinic of Michael Jackson’s doctor for evidence of manslaughter.
Officers searched Dr Murray’s clinic in Houston
Officials from the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a warrant at Dr Conrad Murray’s offices in Houston, Texas.
The Los Angeles Police Department and local police were also involved in the search at the Armstrong Medical Clinic.
Dr Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff confirmed the warrant authorised the agencies to seize items they believed were evidence of manslaughter.
He said: “The search was conducted by members of the DEA, two robbery-homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Houston Police officers.
“The search warrant authorised law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offence of manslaughter.”
Mr Chernoff said the investigators left with a “forensic image” of a computer hard drive and 21 documents.
He added: “None of the documents taken had previously been requested by law enforcement or the LA Coroner’s office. ”
DEA spokeswoman Violet Szeleczky denied that the activity at the clinic was a raid.
She said: “What this is is the LAPD have an investigation and they came to the DEA … and they asked us to help them effect a state search warrant here.”
Mr Chernoff confirmed on Tuesday that investigators had asked for additional medical records and more information from Dr Murray.
His legal team confirmed a third interview was being arranged.
In a separate development, officials launched an investigation into the memorial held for Jackson after possible “criminal activity” over the event’s costs.
LA city attorney Carmen Trutanich is looking into expenditure on the service after $1.4m (£850,000) of taxpayers’ money was spent on policing.
It comes amid a public outcry over the memorial’s expenses, in particular a $48,000 (£29,000) bill on sandwiches for police officers.
“Our investigation has taken an unanticipated turn that raises both civil and criminal aspects,” Mr Trutanich told the city council.
He said he could not reveal any further details about the possible criminal activity.
Thousands of officers were drafted in to provide security and control crowds for the star-studded event at the Staples Centre on July 7.
The LAPD estimated as many as 250,000 people would descend on the area but in the end only around 1,000 fans turned up without tickets.
It is believed the doctor was at 50-year-old Jackson’s house when he died last month
The Houston clinic of Michael Jackson’s doctor has been searched by drug police looking for evidence of manslaughter, his lawyer says.
Officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) entered Dr Conrad Murray’s office and removed several items.
Dr Murray’s spokeswoman told the BBC the raid was “a surprise to us and it was a surprise to the attorneys”.
The doctor, who police say is not a suspect, was at Jackson’s mansion and tried to revive him before he died.
DEA spokeswoman Violet Szeleczky confirmed a search was carried out but said it was not technically a raid.
Officers “did not raid” the clinic, she told the AFP news agency.
“What this is is the Los Angeles police department have an investigation and they came to the Drug Enforcement Agency, and they asked us to help them effect a state search warrant here,” she added.
Dr Murray’s lawyer, Edward Chernoff, confirmed that a search had been carried out.
“The search warrant authorised law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offence of manslaughter,” he said in a statement posted on his firm’s website.
Earlier, Mr Chernoff said his client had been helping police with their inquiries. He has already been interviewed twice by police probing Michael Jackson’s death.
Investigators had asked for medical records in addition to those already provided by Murray.
“The coroner wants to clear up the cause of death; we share that goal,” said Mr Chernoff in a statement on his law firm’s website on Tuesday.
Speaking a few days after Jackson’s death, Mr Chernoff denied Dr Murray administered painkilling drugs that could have contributed to the singer’s death.
Any drugs his client may have given to Jackson were in response to a specific health complaint, the lawyer added.
He said the star still had a faint pulse and was warm when Dr Murray found him in bed.
Mr Chernoff said: “He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn’t breathing.”
Paramedics were called to Jackson’s Los Angeles mansion while Dr Murray was performing CPR, according to a recording of the 911 call.
Mr Chernoff said in Tuesday’s statement that Dr Murray had since received unwelcome attention from those angry over the singer’s untimely death.
“Dr Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him,” Mr Chernoff said.
He added: “Dr Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports – he has to walk around 24/7 with a bodyguard.
“He can’t operate his practice. He can’t go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes.”