Joe Jackson’s attorney, Brian Oxman, says he mailed a notice to Dr. Conrad Murray over the weekend saying that Joe Jackson is planning to file a wrongful death lawsuit against him in 90 days. The lawsuit accuses Dr. Murray of causing Jackson’s death by delaying the call for an ambulance, Oxman said.
“The bottom line is, had paramedics gotten there earlier and had they been called right away, chances are he could have been revived,” Oxman said.
Oxman said records showed that Jackson was “long gone, 20 to 40 minutes before the paramedics got there.”
“I want justice for Michael,” Joe Jackson told E! News. “They think they can sweep this under the rug, but I want justice.”
Jackson, 50, was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center on June 25, 2009 — two hours after he arrived by ambulance from his Holmby Hills home.
The Los Angeles coroner concluded that Jackson’s death was caused by “acute propofol intoxication.” The autopsy revealed that Jackson’s blood had a level of propofol, a powerful anesthesia, equal to that used in major surgery.
Murray has been charged with involuntary manslaughter by acting “without malice” but also “without due caution and circumspection.” He is free on $75,000 bail.
A prosecution report leaked to the media last week included a statement from a witness who said Murray stopped resuscitation efforts on Jackson so he could collect propofol bottles.
Oxman says that the complaint must be filed by June 25 — the first anniversary of Michael’s death — which is the reason they are moving forward with the case now.
A spokeswoman for Murray’s criminal defense lawyer said he has not received the notice from Oxman.
The California state medical board will ask a judge to prevent Murray from practicing medicine in California while he is being prosecuted in Jackson’s death, according to documents filed last week by California Attorney General Jerry Brown.
Brown said in his filing that Murray, who was the pop star’s personal physician, “administered a lethal dose of propofol, as well as other drugs, to Michael Jackson.”
The next hearing date for the criminal case is April 5.