Houston lawyer Ed Chernoff said Dr. Conrad Murray “should not be a target of criminal charges” in the death of the pop singer, who was being treated by Murray in his final moments.
Murray, hired as Jackson’s personal physician as the singer prepared for a comeback concert series, told police he found Jackson unconscious in the bedroom of his Los Angeles mansion and tried to revive him.
It has yet to be determined how Jackson, 50, died, or if Murray’s treatment of Jackson had anything to do with his death.
“The search warrant authorized law enforcement to search for and seize items, including documents, they believed constituted evidence of the offense of manslaughter,” Chernoff said.
Manslaughter typically involves an allegation that a person knew or should have known that their actions were reckless and could lead to the death of another.
Chernoff has said that Murray “didn’t prescribe or administer anything that should have killed Michael Jackson.”
The Associated Press, citing a source with knowledge of the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly, said investigators have found the powerful anesthetic Propofol in Jackson’s home.
Chernoff said the search was conducted by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents, two homicide detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and Houston police.
A DEA spokesman, Rusty Payne, said the federal agents assisted officers under a state search warrant. Officers left with documents and a “forensic image,” or copy, of a computer hard drive, Chernoff said.
A day earlier, Chernoff said authorities are seeking more information from Murray, including medical records.
“Dr. Murray was the last doctor standing when Michael Jackson died and it seems all the fury is directed toward him,” Chernoff said. “Dr. Murray is frustrated by negative and often erroneous media reports. He can’t go to work because he is harassed no matter where he goes.”