Homicide & Michael Jackson

We’ve always thought a homicide investigation was possible in Michael Jackson’s death.

It’s LA. OK? The equation is fairly straightforward. High-profile celebrity + community interest + questionable circumstances of death = big pressure on the DA and LAPD to provide answers. (Did you really think that a member of the LAPD’s vaunted Robbery Homicide division oversaw the collection of evidence because he just happened to be in the neighborhood?)

It’s too early to tell if there will be any prosecution of doctors or others involved in supplying or administering drugs to Jackson. However, as TMZ reported this morning, the LAPD is treating the investigation as a homicide. http://www.tmz.com/2009/07/15/michael-jackson-homicide-death-dr-conrad-murray-lapd-propofol/ And it is TMZ that is unquestionably leading this story.

A homicide in California is death at the hands of another. It can be an accident or murder (which includes manslaughter).

Anytime one person kills another, it is considered a homicide. The fine line between murder and an accident can be understood in the context of a car accident: if a driver is intoxicated or driving badly and hits and kills a pedestrian, the act can tilt toward murder; if a driver is otherwise driving safely and hits and kills a pedestrian who is jaywalking in the middle of a rainy night, the act can tilt toward an accident.

 Murder in California is covered by Penal Code section 187 for those interested in how this could unfold.http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cacodes/pen/187-199.html

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