Hours after Michael Jackson's death was ruled a homicide by the Los Angeles County coroner, the late singer's family "looks forward" to justice.
"The Jackson family has full confidence in the legal process, and commends the ongoing efforts of the L.A. County Coroner, the L.A. District Attorney and the L.A. Police Department," the family told Usmagazine.com in a statement on Monday.
The homicide ruling makes it likely criminal charges will be brought against Conrad Murray, the physician who admitted he administered a powerful anesthetic propofol the morning he died. Detectives have been investigating whether Murray's decision to administer Jackson propofol outside a hospital and as a sleep aid would be classified as negligence for an involuntary manslaughter charge.
"The family looks forward to the day that justice can be served," the statement continued.
The Los Angeles coroner's office found lethal levels of propofol in Jackson's body after he died, according to a search warrant affidavit unsealed in a Houston court Monday.
The official coroner's report is sealed at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department due to the ongoing investigation.
In July, one week after Los Angeles police confirmed that investigators had not ruled out homicide, the King of Pop's older sister, La Toya Jackson, first revealed her suspicions.
"I believe Michael was murdered," she had said. "I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people. He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him, people who weren’t always on his side."
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