Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the L.A. County Coroner cannot pinpoint the time of Michael Jackson’s death … but paramedics say when they arrived they believed he was dead for at least an hour and maybe longer.
Dr. Conrad Murray’s statement to LAPD detectives lays out a timeline in which Dr. Murray administered Propofol at 10:40 AM and then ten minutes later (10:50) he walked out of the room, went to the bathroom and returned two minutes later (10:52) to find Jackson was not breathing. He did not have anyone call 911 until 12:21 PM … approximately an hour-and-a-half later.
Sources say cops are suspicious of Dr. Murray’s account. They say when Dr. Murray was interviewed by them two days after Jackson died — his lawyer by his side — the doctor’s account seemed “scripted.”
So when did Jackson really die? Rigor mortis typically doesn’t set in for at least 3 hours, and often longer. If rigor mortis has not set in, the only way to approximate time of death is by body temperature. Once a person dies, their temperature eventually rises or falls to the temperature of the environment. For example, if Jackson were in a 70 degree room, his body temp would drop to 70. The body temperature typically drops a degree to a degree and a half per hour, but it’s dependent on the ambient temperature.
Here’s the problem — when paramedics arrived the room was sweltering. So Jackson’s body temperature could register in the 90 degree range, even if he were dead for a long time. But we’re told paramedics did not get a read on his body temp because they were busy performing CPR.
Bottom line — it’s possible Jackson could have been dead much longer than Dr. Murray said. There’s no scientific way of knowing.