Dr. Murray has previous charges and seems to be of different ages…
Murray seems to be 3 different ages . In first article, he’s 50 years old. In second and third , he’s 56. First 2 are from same source, ABC news. In the Texas medical board, he’s listed as 51. (1958, 1959, 1953 are three different years listed as birth years for Murray)
Dr. Conrad Murray, Arrested in 1994, Continues to Be Focus of Manslaughter Probe
July 29, 2009
ABC News has learned that Murray was arrested on domestic violence charges in 1994 after an incident with his then-girlfriend. The doctor was tried and acquitted.
Whether he’ll remain free of charges related to the June 25 death of Michael Jackson remains to be seen. Court papers have shown that the raid Tuesday on Murray’s Las Vegas home and office and last week’s raid at his Houston office collected evidence to be used in an investigation of possible manslaughter charges, according to the police search warrants.
Tuesday’s raid netted envelopes, yellow cases, cell phones and a computer hard drive.
On Wednesday Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff confirmed that authorities were looking for documents and drug information with the names of Jackson’s many aliases, they believed he used to when getting prescriptions.
“The warrant authorized detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration to seize prescriptions, files, billing information, tests results, electronic records and other material kept under pseudonyms, including Omar Arnold, Paul Farance, Bryan Singleton, Jimmy Nicholas, Blanca Nicholas, Roselyn Muhammad, Faheem Muhammad, Frank Tyson, Fernand Diaz, Peter Madonie, Josephine Baker and Kai Chase. Also listed was the name of Jackson’s son Prince,” Chernoff said in a statement.
The foucsed attention on Murray, experts said, does not bode well for the cardiologist.
“This seems like death by a thousand cuts,” ABC News legal analyst Dana Cole told “Good Morning America.” “They’re just not going to let up on this guy. We’ll have to see what it ultimately reveals.”
The LAPD confirmed that toxicology reports from Jackson’s autopsy will be delayed another week, but preliminary results show the powerful anesthetic propofol was a contributing factor in the pop icon’s death. And it was Murray who reportedly administered the drug to Jackson the day he died.
Jackson’s personal chef has also spoken out recently, Telling the Associated Press that Murray seemed off his normal routine the day Jackson died. While he usually came to get Jackson’s breakfast in the morning, which included granola, the chef reported that Murray only came downstairs a little after noon, yelling for the singer’s eldest son, Prince Michael I, 12.
Jackson Doc Reportedly Facing Foreclosure
Murray has also been flamed in the media and by other doctors not only for waiting 30 minutes to call 911 after he found Jackson unresponsive but for performing CPR on a bed, when standard protocol calls for the lifesaving measure to be performed on the floor or another hard surface.
Murray, through his lawyers, has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence, saying he never gave Jackson anything that should have caused his death.
“At the end of the day, it was really just Dr. Murray and his patient Michael Jackson in the room, and his patient was found dead,” Cole said.
Jackson had many doctors, and ABC News has learned that as many as five may be under investigation. But so far, it seems Murray is the of the Los Angeles Police Department and federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents who are leading the probe
And the investigation may not be his only problem.
ABC News has learned that the Murray is facing foreclosure. Documents obtained by ABC News’ Primetime show that the doctor owes more than $15,000 in back payments from January for his Las Vegas home.
Jackson’s Mother Wants Contract Access
While investigators continue to build their case, Jackson’s mother appears to be gearing up for a fight of her own.
Katherine Jackson Tuesday served the administrators of her son’s estate with subpoenas seeking access to Jackson’s contracts, including the “This Is It” tour agreement with AEG.
Administrators John Branca and John McLain said that it was Jackson himself who requested they control his estate, and that while they offered to share the contracts with his mother if she agreed to a confidentiality agreement, she has refused to those terms.
A hearing on control of Jackson’s estate will be held next week.
The Day Michael Jackson Died
Jackson’s parents and siblings question Murray’s role in Jackson’s final hours, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a longtime friend of the family. Rev. Jackson previously told ABC News that the family is suspicious.
The fact that the doctor had left the scene, was not available to sign the death certificate or answer the family’s questions about their son’s final moments did not sit right at all with the Jacksons, according to Rev. Jackson.
“When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did he inject him? If so, with what?” said Rev. Jackson. “Was he on the scene twice? Before and then reaction to? Did he use the Demerol? It’s a very powerful drug. Was he injected once? Was he injected twice?”
Murray’s lawyer Ed Chernoff, defending his client, has said that once Murray realized that CPR was not bringing Jackson back, Murray, he said, tried to dial 911 on his cell phone but did not have the exact address of Jackson’s home. And with none of the phones in the home working “for privacy reasons,” Murray ran around the house till he found Jackson’s chef, who alerted security.
It was the security person, Chernoff said, who eventually dialed 911. CPR, he said, was done for 25 to 30 minutes before emergency officials arrived.
After Jackson’s death, police officers towed a silver BMW from outside Jackson’s Los Angeles home, which police confirmed belonged to Jackson’s “personal physician” and which they believed contains evidence crucial to the investigation.
Law enforcement sources, however, confirmed to ABC News, that the car towed from Jackson’s home is registered to one Susan Mary Rush. Rush is the sister of Dr. Conrad Robert Murray.
“The car was impounded,” said Amanda Betat, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department. “One reason it was impounded was because it may contain medication or evidence that could assist the coroner in determining the cause of death.”
Megan Chuchmach contributed to this report.
Jackson Doc Conrad Murray Treating Patients Again
Conrad Murray, Focus of Michael Jackson Homicide Investigation, Reopens Medical Practice
“Because of a deteriorating financial condition and prompting by many of his beloved patients, on November 20, 2009, Dr. Conrad Murray resumed his cardiology practice in Houston Texas,” his attorney Edward Chernoff said in a statement. “Doctor Murray plans to attend to patients in both Las Vegas and Houston.”
Murray told congregants at a Houston church Sunday that he “wanted to go home and take his life back step by step.”
Wiping away tears, he asked parishoners to pray for him. “I know what trouble is,” he told the congregation, according to RadarOnline.com. “I, with my compassion, was only trying to help my fellow man. But it appears I was at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Chernoff said Murray has not been paid by Jackson’s estate and has effectively been out of work for seven months. Murray left his practice in April when he took the $150,000-a-month job as the pop star’s personal physician.
Murray last addressed his patients in a YouTube video in August. “I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail,” he said.
The 56-year-old Murray was at Jackson’s bedside when he died on June 25. The doctor has admitted to giving the singer propofol, a powerful anesthetic Jackson had requested to help him sleep. It is not meant for use outside a hospital. Since then, Murray has been the focus of a homicide investigation.
Police searched Murray’s Houston clinic on July 22 and served warrants at his home and office in Las Vegas and properties in California. Murray has not been charged with a crime.
Michael Jackson’s Doctor Returns to Work
Since Jackson’s death, Murray has not been able to work and has been the target of death threats, his lawyer said. He will have his own security at the clinic.
“He had been hiding in his home in Las Vegas, but he needs to earn a living,” Chernoff told the Houston Chronicle. “He’s under siege from creditors, has enormous legal fees and doesn’t know whether he’ll be able to support his family.”
According to Chernoff, Murray was also thinking about his patients when he made his decision to return to work.
“His decision to first return to practice in Houston was made because of the greater need these low-income patients have for his services and the prohibitive cost of reopening his clinic in Las Vegas,” Chernoff said in the statement.
Five years after his father’s death, Murray opened his Houston practice, the Acres Home Heart and Vascular Institute, as a tribute to his father, Dr. Rawle Andrews, a Houston physician.
In July, ABCNews.com learned that Murray’s father once ran afoul of the Texas Board of Medical Examiners for overprescribing pain medications. His medical license was restricted by the board in 1994 for prescribing “controlled substances and substances with addictive potential” to two patients for “extended periods of time without adequate indication,” according to documents obtained by ABCNews.com.
At the time, Chernoff’s spokeswoman, Miranda Sevcik, said that any wrongdoing of Murray’s father has nothing to do with the son’s predicament.
Rev. F. N. Williams, one of Andrews’ long-time patients, defended him, and Murray as well.
He credited Murray with saving his life. While on a trip to Las Vegas, Williams said he experienced chest pain. He said Murray performed surgery, putting several stents in his heart.
Williams said he was surprised to see that Murray at the center of an investigation into Jackson’s death.
“Hell, he won’t give me medicine,” he said. “He doesn’t believe in giving you a lot of pills. I don’t believe he was raised to believe in that.”
In August the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office ruled Jackson’s death a homicide. The office released a statement saying the late King of Pop died because of acute propofol intoxication. The office cited benzodiazepine effect as another condition contributing to his death.
Propofol and lorazepam, an anxiety medication, were cited as the primary drugs responsible for Jackson’s death. The statement said other drugs detected in his system were midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine.
The coroner’s announcement came after a newly unsealed search warrants revealed that police found marijuana and numerous empty drug bottles at Jackson’s home shortly after he died.
During the search police said they found two bags of marijuana; a bottle of the drug temazepam, which is used to treat sleeplessness; and empty bottles of the sedatives lorzaepam and diazepam. Police also found four other empty pill bottles, though they could not say what they may have contained.
The warrants, which were served on June 29, also say that the day Jackson died, while investigators were at the house, “family members of the decedent notified Los Angeles County Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter that they had located a quantity of tar heroin in [Jackson’s] bedroom on the second floor of the residence. Winter notified LAPD detectives of the found evidence.” The warrant does not say if the evidence really turned out to be heroin.
Drugs and Cell Phone Found
Among the items seized from Murray’s Houston office back in July were a vial containing 27 tablets of the weight loss drug phentermine, a vial containing a tablet of the muscle relaxant clonazepam, a photocopy picture of Murray, Rolodex cards, public storage receipts, and a receipt for a “Cricket” cell phone, according to a receipt attached to the warrant.
Cricket phones essentially are untraceable, because the company requires no contracts, no credit checks and no set-up fees, according to a sales representative for the company. Cricket also offers a “PAYGo” option, which means someone can go to a store and pay for phone minutes with cash.
Other items seized from the storage unit, according to the court records, included two computer hard drives and a “Texas Department of Public Safety controlled substance registration.” Authorities also obtained a suspension notice from a Houston hospital.
An administrative assistant at Doctors Hospital in Houston confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Murray had been suspended from practicing at the hospital. The offense was “very much” routine and minor, she told the newspaper.
Click on the following links to see the search warrant for Murray’s office and a list of what was seized and the search warrant for his storage facility and what was seized there. The documents were obtained by ABC News Houston affiliate KTRK.
Dr. Conrad Murray Biography
Cardiologist, personal physician. Born Conrad Robert Murray on February 19, 1953, in St. Andrews, Grenada.
The man who would become embroiled in the controversy surrounding the King of Pop’s death in June 2009 did not come from money. With his mother Milta spending most of her time in Trinidad and Tobago in search of better paying work, Murray lived with his maternal grandparents, two Grenadian farmers. His fractured family life was compounded by the total absence of his father, Rawle Andrews, a Houston area physician who, up until his death in 2001, focused his career on offering medical services to the poor. Conrad didn’t meet his dad until he was 25.
At the age of seven, Murray relocated to Trinidad and Tobago to live with his mother, where he became a citizen and finished high school. Like Milta, Murray was determined to make a better life for himself, demonstrating at an early age a propensity to work hard. After high school he volunteered as an elementary school teacher in Trinidad, an experience he followed with work as a customs clerk and an insurance underwriter in order to pay for his college education. Murray also wasn’t afraid to take advantage of an opportunity. At the age of 19 he bought his first house, then later sold it for a decent profit to support his university tuition in the United States.
In 1980, two years after first visiting Houston and getting a chance to introduce himself to his father, Conrad Murray returned to Texas to enroll at Texas Southern University, where in just three years he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in pre-medicine and biological sciences. From there, Murray followed in his father’s footsteps and attended the primarily African-American Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Upon graduating Maharre, Murray enrolled for additional training at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota and then completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in California. Other training stints followed; he studied at the University of Arizona on a Cardiology Fellowship, and landed back in California, where he eventually worked as the associate director for the interventional cardiology fellowship-training program at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego.
In 1999, Dr. Murray left California for a second time and struck out on his own, opening up a private practice in Las Vegas. Locating his office just east of the strip, Murray—again taking a cue from his father—aimed to serve not just the city’s wealthy, but its underserved as well. In 2006, Murray expanded his scope and returned to the city where his father had made a name for himself to open the Acres Homes Heart and Vascular Institute.
“We have been so lucky to have Dr. Murray and that clinic in this community,” Houston patient Ruby Mosley told People magazine. “There are many, many patients that thank God this man was here for them.”
Those who’ve had financial dealings with the doctor, however, might feel otherwise. Unpaid debts, lawsuits, and tax liens have followed Dr. Murray’s life. More than $400,000 in court judgments alone were issued against his Las Vegas practice, and in December 2008 Dr. Murray, who has an unknown number of children, was ordered to cough up $3,700 in unpaid child support.
In fact, it was Dr. Murray’s debt situation that set the stage for his working relationship with Michael Jackson. The two men had first met in 2006 when the singer, a frequent Vegas visitor, had contacted Dr. Murray about treating one of his children for an unknown medical situation. Reports indicate that the two men soon became friends and, as Jackson began making plans for his upcoming 2009 concert tour, he hired Dr. Murray to be his personal physician for an astounding $150,000 a month.
Jackson’s motivation to bring Murray aboard, though, may have had less to do with friendship and more to do with the singer’s own complicated reliance on prescription medicine. Following Jackson’s death, police discovered more than 20 prescriptions inside his rented Holmby Hills home, including methadone, fentanyl, percocet, dilaudid, and vicodin.
By all accounts, Jackson had become an insomniac and had pushed for the use of propofol, an anesthetic, to help him rest. Along with a mix of other drugs Jackson used to go to bed, he often referred to the concoction as his “milk” or “liquid sleep.” But it was propofol he seems to have had a particular fondness for. Cherilyn Lee, a registered nurse and nutritionist whom Jackson employed, told ABC News that the singer begged her to buy more of the drug for him. She refused.
“The problem with you telling me you want to be knocked out,” Lee said she told him, is “you might not wake up the next morning. You don’t want that.”
Dr. Murray, however, was another matter. While court documents showed he never actually purchased the drug for Jackson, over the course of the six weeks he worked for him, the doctor administered a nightly intravenous drip of propofol—despite his concerns that Jackson may be addicted to the drug.
That was the case on June 25, 2009, when Jackson, exhausted from a long rehearsal session at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that went past midnight, returned home and tried to get some rest. A familiar routine followed, with Murray hooking up his client to an IV in order to administer the propofol. Dr. Murray also gave Jackson lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medicine, and midazolam, a muscle relaxant.
According to records, the doctor then left Jackson’s side for a few minutes to go to the bathroom. When he returned he found the singer with a weak pulse and had stopped breathing. Reportedly, Murray immediately started applying CPR to revive the singer. In addition, in what has garnered plenty of controversy, Dr. Murray also administered another drug, flumazenil, to try to offset the sedatives already circulating in Jackson’s body. Some experts have said Murray’s use of this additional medicine may have actually exasperated the problems propofol had caused.
While questions remain about Dr. Murray’s work to try and save Jackson’s life in those first harried moments, what is clear is that 82 minutes passed before the doctor or anyone else at Jackson’s home called paramedics to the house. When emergency officials did finally arrive, Dr. Murray at first failed to tell them about the drugs he injected into the singer. Jackson was officially pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, where he had arrived via ambulance with Dr. Murray at his side.
In the months that followed the pop star’s death, Conrad Murray’s working relationship with the singer became not only the target of irate and shocked Jackson fans, but police investigators as well. In mid August more than two dozen DEA agents, LA police detectives, and Houston officers raided the doctor’s Houston medical office to take a forensic image of Murray’s computer and collect a myriad of medical documents.
Around that same time, news reports indicated that Dr. Murray was soon going to be charged with manslaughter, something that was heightened on August 24, 2009, when preliminary findings by the chief coroner for Los Angeles county revealed that Jackson had died as the result of lethal levels of propofol.
For his part, Dr. Murray has said little about his work with Michael Jackson and the circumstances surrounding the singer’s death, confining his remarks to a teary-eyed video he posted on YouTube. “I have done all I can do [to help the police],” Dr Murray tells the camera. “I told the truth, and I have faith the truth will prevail.”
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|NAME: CONRAD ROBERT MURRAY MD||DATE: 02/09/2010|
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|ACRES HOME HEART & VASCULAR INST.|
|6826 WEST MONTGOMERY|
|HOUSTON , TX 77091|
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|Specialty: INTERNAL MEDICINE|
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|Advanced Practice Nurse Delegation|
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