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Report: Jackson's doctor stopped CPR to pick up drug vials

By Alan Duke, CNN
A witness in a report said Dr. Conrad Murray stopped CPR on Michael Jackson to pick up drug vials.
A witness in a report said Dr. Conrad Murray stopped CPR on Michael Jackson to pick up drug vials.
  • NEW: Defense team says doctor didn't hide vials, he told investigators where to find them
  • Witness said doctor stopped CPR efforts on Jackson so he could collect drug vials
  • Spokeswoman for defense team accuses prosecutors of leaking report to media
  • District attorney's office said it hasn't "given anybody anything"

Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Dr. Conrad Murray's defense team accused prosecutors Monday of leaking a police report to a reporter to force the team to reveal their defense strategy in the involuntary manslaughter case stemming from Michael Jackson's death.

The "death investigation police report" includes a statement from a witness who said Murray stopped resuscitation efforts on Jackson so he could collect drug vials, said Miranda Sevcik, a spokeswoman for defense lawyer Ed Chernoff.

"The report is written to show guilt, not as an unbiased account," Sevcik said.

The document includes a statement from Alberto Alvarez, Jackson's logistics director, she said.

"We note that this statement was given more than two months after Michael Jackson's death and is inconsistent with a statement he [Alvarez] gave the police the day after Mr. Jackson was taken to the hospital," Chernoff said. "Further, his statement does not match up with much of the physical evidence found at the scene."

Sandi Gibbons, the spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney, said prosecutors did not provide the document to The Associated Press, which initially reported on the document.

"We haven't given anybody anything," Gibbons said.

Murray, the pop star's personal physician, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death on June 25, 2009.

The Los Angeles coroner concluded Jackson died of "acute propofol intoxication."

Murray told investigators he gave Jackson propofol, a powerful anesthetic, to help him sleep.

The autopsy report said investigators found "multiple opened bottles of propofol" in Jackson's home.

Although the police report suggested Murray was trying to hide the bottles, Sevcik said the doctor told investigators about them and where they could find them in a bag in a bedroom closet.

Police did not seal Jackson's rented mansion for several days after his death, she said. Family members and others carried out boxes and a moving van pulled up to the home at one point, she said.

The defense also challenged the investigation report's reference to Jackson's two oldest children -- Prince and Paris -- that says they walked into the bedroom and saw the CPR efforts.

"None of the children were in the room when he was being worked on and when he left," Sevcik said.

The defense spokeswoman said "we can only assume" the investigation report was leaked by prosecutors, since it was not done by the defense.

"These ridiculous tactics by the DA's office have no other purpose but to take a peek at our defense, because they aren't secure enough in their own case to convict Dr. Murray so they have to pull these little tricks to try to get to him," she said. "We're not taking the bait."

"We have an explanation obviously," Sevcik said. "But how much do we share at this point and how much do we share in court?"

Chernoff said he expects more leaks from prosecutors as Murray's preliminary hearing, just 10 days away, approaches.

"We would ask the public to reserve judgment until after the people's witnesses are placed under oath and subjected to the rigors of cross-examination. We are confident that a fair trial will ferret out the truth," Chernoff said.

Murray, who was with Jackson when he died, is charged with involuntary manslaughter by acting "without malice" but also "without due caution and circumspection."

Jackson, who hired Murray as his physician while he prepared for what was to have been a series of comeback concerts, called the doctor to his rented Los Angeles-area mansion on June 25 at about 1 a.m., the report said.

"The decedent complained of being dehydrated and not being able to sleep," it said.

A police affidavit previously made public said that the doctor told investigators he gave Jackson three anti-anxiety drugs to help him sleep that morning.

Murray told them he had been treating Jackson for insomnia for six weeks at the time of the singer's death. He had given Jackson 50 milligrams of the sedative propofol diluted with the local anesthetic lidocaine every night via an intravenous drip.

The doctor told police he was worried that Jackson was becoming addicted to the drug and was trying to wean him off it.

During the two nights before Jackson's death, Murray said, he put together combinations of other drugs that succeeded in helping Jackson sleep.