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The doctor also told police during the question-and-answer session where vials of propofol that remained in Jackson’s rented mansion could be found. The disclosure led police to search the singer’s bedroom and closet two days after the interview and turned up an IV bag, several drugs and creams to treat vitiligo and bottles of propofol.
Lead defense attorney Ed Chernoff on Thursday attacked the credibility of a coroner’s investigator who collected evidence at the house on the June 25 and June 29, 2009 searches of Jackson’s home. Chernoff noted that investigator Elissa Fleak had moved items in the room and failed to note in a report until nearly two years after Jackson’s death that she had found a bottle of propofol inside an IV bag.
Jackson’s bodyguard Alberto Alvarez described the bottle in the IV bag during testimony last week and in January during a preliminary hearing, leading Chernoff to question whether Fleak had added the detail to match Alvarez’s description. Fleak had photographed the bottle and IV bag together, but with the container placed outside the bag.
Fleak denied any wrongdoing, and denied Chernoff’s contention that she had made “a substantial number of mistakes.”
The investigator also acknowledged that she had handled a syringe without gloves, leaving a thumbprint on the item.
Walgren attempted to deflect the criticism, asking the investigator whether she had conducted a perfect investigation. No, she replied.
“Have you ever conducted a perfect investigation?” Walgren asked.
“No,” Fleak said.
AP Special Correspondent Linda Deutsch contributed to this report.
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