Dr. Conrad Murray’s defense team accused prosecutors Monday of leaking a police report to a reporter to force the team 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.
“The report is written to show guilt, not as an unbiased account,” Sevcik said.
The document includes a statement from Alberto Alvarez, Jackson’s logistics director, she said.
“We note that this statement was given more than two months after Michael Jackson’s death and is inconsistent with a statement he [Alvarez] 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.
Although the police report suggested Murray was trying to hide the bottles, Sevcik said the doctor told investigators about them and where they could find them in a bag in a bedroom closet.
Police did not seal Jackson’s rented mansion for several days after his death, she said. Family members and others carried out boxes and a moving van pulled up to the home at one point, she said.
Chernoff said he expects more leaks from prosecutors as Murray’s preliminary hearing, just 10 days away, approaches.
Murray, who was with Jackson when he died, is charged with involuntary manslaughter by acting “without malice” but also “without due caution and circumspection.”
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