Updated 7/16/09, 10:55 a.m.
LOS ANGELES – Despite an online report claiming Michael Jackson’s death has now turned into a homicide investigation, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesperson told Access Hollywoodthe investigation of the singer’s death is “ongoing” and currently not being treated as a homicide.
On Wednesday, TMZ claimed that “the LAPD is already treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide, and they are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray,” citing multiple law enforcement sources. The Web site further claimed that “the evidence points to the anesthesia propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death.”
When contacted by Access Hollywood, LAPD Officer Tenesh Dobine defined the investigation as “ongoing” and said that they do not know where TMZ obtained information indicating Jackson’s death was now being treated as a homicide.
Multiple law enforcement sources tell TMZ the LAPD is already treating Michael Jackson’s death as a homicide, and they are focusing on Dr. Conrad Murray.
Law enforcement sources tell us the evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson’s death. As we first reported, vials of Propofol were found in Jackson’s home after he died.
Law enforcement sources say there is already “plenty of powerful evidence” linking Dr. Murray as the person who administered the drug to Jackson. The evidence includes various items found in Jackson’s house, including the Propofol, an IV stand and oxygen tank.