Murder Charges 'Unlikely' in Jacko Case

Docs not suspects, says insider
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2009 8:51 AM CDT
Michael Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray poses for a photo as he opens a cardiovascular center in Houston.    (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle)
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(Newser) – Despite “a lot of hysteria,” there likely won't be murder charges in Michael Jackson’s death, a top law enforcement official tells the Los Angeles Times. “There's nothing I have been told that would suggest a murder charge. It's just so remote and so unsupported by the facts as they've been gathered,” he said. Jackson’s doctors “are not suspects,” he noted.

But don’t expect the probe into his death to finish soon, the insider says, calling the end “so far away.” Even if the coroner declares the case a homicide, charges may not be levied, notes another official. “There are plenty of homicides where no one is accused of murder or manslaughter”—and Jackson’s long history of drug use could help protect any defendant.