Doc's Lawyer: Jackson Was Found With a Pulse

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 28, 2009 7:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson still had a faint pulse and his body was warm when his doctor found him in bed and not breathing, a lawyer for the doctor told the AP today. Lawyer Edward Chernoff said Dr. Conrad Murray was at the pop icon's rented mansion on Thursday afternoon when he discovered Jackson in bed and not breathing. The doctor immediately began administering CPR, Chernoff said.

"He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn't breathing," Chernoff said. "Mr. Jackson was still warm and had a pulse." Paramedics were called to the mansion while the doctor was performing CPR; the medics spent three-quarters of an hour unsuccessfully trying to revive Jackson. Chernoff also said Murray never prescribed or gave Jackson the drugs Demerol or OxyContin. He denied reports suggesting Murray gave Jackson drugs that contributed to his death.