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AP Source: Coroner rules Jackson's death homicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A law enforcement official tells The
Associated Press that the Los Angeles County coroner has ruled
Michael Jackson's death a homicide.

The finding makes it more likely criminal charges will be filed
against the doctor who was with the pop star when he died.

The official says the coroner determined a fatal combination of
drugs was given to Jackson hours before he died in his rented Los
Angeles mansion on June 25. The official spoke on condition of
anonymity because the findings have not been publicly released.

Forensic tests found the powerful anesthetic propofol in
Jackson's system along with two sedatives, the official says.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, is the target
of a manslaughter probe headed by Los Angeles police.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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