HIDE AND SICK We find Michael Jackson's drug probe doctor
WHAT'S UP DOC? Tired Murray with his lawyer (Photos: NPG)
STAR & DOC: Jacko and Murray
By James Desborough, US Editor in Los Angeles, 08/11/2009 THIS is Michael Jackson's controversial doctor coming out of hiding for the first time since the star's death.
The News of the World found weary- looking Conrad Murray stepping out of a hotel in Los Angeles after a secret meeting with his lawyer, Ed Chernoff.
The doc, who faces a possible murder charge over the death of the megastar, looked frazzled and stressed. His face was partially hidden under a baseball cap and sunglasses. Death
Cardiologist Murray, 57, is the only police suspect in relation to Jacko's death in June, caused by an overdose of powerful anaesthetic IV Propofol.
Since then, the doctor has been in hiding following police raids on his homes and business across the States.
Last night a former patient, Jack Hammond, expressed concern for Murray "We used to speak regularly, but since Jackson's death I've not heard anything," he said. "He's suffering - he has no income and no business. I can't believe he had anything to do with it. He went out of his way to help patients." Lawyers
Another friend, Frank Barber, told us: "No one has spoken to him since he went to LA. He's been told not to speak by his lawyers."
Detectives say the doctor, who was the last person to see Jacko alive, admitted giving him sleeping tablets and Propofol hours before his death. But Murray will claim it was Jackson who administered the fatal dose.