Michael Jackson€s Death Ruled Homicide

Shantella Y. Sherman | 8/27/2009, 5:20 a.m.

The Los Angeles County coroner€s office announced Mon., Aug. 24 that pop icon Michael Jackson€s death was a homicide, causing speculation as to whether Jackson€s cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, would face criminal charges for administering a lethal drug cocktail of Propofol and at least two other sedatives.

Murray has repeatedly explained to police and the media that he did administer several drugs to Jackson, but nothing that could have caused the singer€s death. The homicide ruling came after forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic had been used in combination with a number of other unnamed sedatives, reportedly to combat Jackson€s insomnia.

Jackson was found unconscious in a Los Angeles home he was renting on June 25. In an affidavit, Murray told detectives that he had been trying to wean Jackson off of the Propofol, which he had been administering to him in dosages of 50 milligrams per night for more than six weeks. Two days before Jackson€s death, he had lowered the Propofol dose to 25 milligrams and added the sedatives Lorazepam and Midazolam, a combination that succeeded in helping the entertainer sleep. The next day, Murray said, he cut off the Propofol and Jackson fell asleep with just the two sedatives.

On the day of his death, Jackson was reportedly given the Lorazepam and Midazolam, along with Valium. Murray said in his affidavit that the combination €didn€t work.€ So, he acquiesced to Jackson's €repeated demands€ for the Propofol, which the singer called his €milk.€

Around 10:40 a.m., Murray administered 25 milligrams of the white-colored liquid -- a relatively small dose -- and finally Jackson fell asleep.

Physicians around the country note that Propofol is designed as an anesthetic for surgical, in-hospital use only.

Edward Chernoff, attorney for Murray questioned the timeline of the affidavit and called the speculation that his client was responsible for Jackson€s death €police theory.€

€Dr. Murray simply never told investigators that he found Michael Jackson at 11:00 a.m. not breathing. We will be happy to address the coroner€s report when it is officially released,€ Chernoff said.

The coroner's office has withheld its autopsy findings, citing a request from police to wait until their investigation is complete.

Jackson's family members released a statement Monday, stating that they €look forward to the day that justice can be served.€