Jackson's doctor found in default in debt

13:19, February 04, 2010      

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Dr. Conrad Murray, personal physician for Michael Jackson, is shown in this undated publicity photograph released to Reuters August 18, 2009. The coroner investigation into Jackson's death found he had lethal levels of the powerful anesthetic propofol in his body, and Murray told detectives he gave Jackson the drug to treat insomnia, the Los Angeles Times reported on August 24, 2009. (Xinhua/Agencies Photo)

Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found in default in nearly 132,000-dollar office medical equipment and services debt, media reported Thursday.

Las Vegas Clark County District Court Judge Michael Villani found Murray in default and awarded a judgment to Digirad Imaging Solutions.

Dr. Conrad Murray had no lawyer in the case. He has long-standing personal and professional debts, and faced near foreclosure last summer on his country club home in Las Vegas.

A lawyer for Conrad Murray said Tuesday that his client was in Los Angeles and prepared to surrender if authorities filed charges against him.

Digirad lawyer Nathan Gibbs told the judge Murray has never appeared in the case. He'll tally interest since 2006 and submit a written final judgment for the judge's signature.

Murray acknowledged administering the anesthetic propofol to Jackson shortly before his death on June 25, 2009. An autopsy classified Jackson's death as a homicide and said the cause was "acute propofol intoxication" in combination with the use of sedatives.

Brian Oxman, an attorney who is said to represent members of the Jackson family, said manslaughter charges against Murray would be troubling. "That is just a slap on the wrist, and a slap in the face, because Michael Jackson was someone who we knew was in danger of being brought to his knees, brought his death, by the use of these medications," he said.

Source: Xinhuanet/Agencies

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