Judge rules to keep Jackson search warrants sealed

A judge decided today to keep sealed the latest search warrant issued in Clark County after pop superstar Michael Jackson’s death.

After a closed-door hearing with a Los Angeles detective on Tuesday, District Judge Valerie Adair decided there was additional information in the Aug. 7 warrant that, if released, could impede the homicide investigation into Jackson’s death.

In late July, investigators searched Dr. Conrad Murray’s house at Red Rock Country Club, his Flamingo Road medical office and a storage unit. Two weeks later, a Las Vegas pharmacy was raided.

The search warrant issued for the pharmacy will remain sealed.

Adair today unsealed the July 24 and July 28 search warrants for Murray’s house, office and storage unit.

Authorities did not oppose unsealing those search warrants because the information contained within the documents was similar to information in search warrants already released in Houston and Los Angeles.

In August, a Los Angeles County judge ruled to keep sealed search warrants issued there that revealed new or different information from the ones already released.

Murray has told investigators he administered propofol and multiple sedatives to help Jackson sleep hours before he died in Holmby Hills, Calif., on June 25.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Associated Press and other media organizations filed a motion this month to unseal the search warrants.

Adair set a status check date for Nov. 18 to determine if it is still justified to keep the warrant sealed.

Murray has not been charged in the nearly 4-month-long investigation. Authorities are investigating Murray in connection with several potential crimes, including manslaughter and prescribing to an addict, according to court documents.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.