Minnesota prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed in Prince's death

Apr 20, 2018, 00:56
Minnesota prosecutor says no criminal charges will be filed in Prince's death

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"Therefore, without probable cause and no identified suspect, the Carver County Attorney's Office can not file any criminal charges involving the death of Prince", Metz said. He said Johnson "continues to deny that he had anything to do with the death of his close friend". The source of death was a self-administered overdose.

Metz's announcement effectively closed the case.

Metz explained that Prince ingested the fentanyl by taking "counterfeit Vicodin", but that there was no evidence that the star knew it contained fentanyl. The office said it wouldn't comment further.

A Minnesota prosecutor says Prince thought he was taking Vicodin when he accidentally overdosed on fentanyl.

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Associates at Paisley Park told investigators that Prince was recently "going through withdrawals, which are believed to be the result of the abuse of prescription medication", according to an affidavit.

Dr. Schulenberg agreed to a settlement and will be "held accountable" by paying a $30,000 fine and being monitored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for two years. But the attorney stressed that it wasn't percocet that killed Prince.

A two-year investigation carried out by a prosecutor in the Minnesota country where Prince died did not find evidence of intentional wrongdoing. Prince didnt know if the Tylenol had any other ingredients, Schulenberg said. Johnson is the one who had asked Schulenberg to write the prescription.

Oxycodone, the generic name for the active ingredient in OxyContin, was not listed as a cause of Prince's death.

Amy S. Conners, Schulenberg's attorney, said in a statement the settlement was made "in order to avoid the expense, delay, and unknown outcome of litigation".

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The doctor also saw Prince on April 20 when Prince was reporting feeling antsy. A number of them were stamped with the same code as Vicodin but tested positive for Fentanyl. Prince was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. The doctor is not facing criminal charges and his attorney says he had no role in Prince's death.

"Dr. Schulenberg prescribed Schedule 2 controlled substances in the name of an individual knowing that the controlled substances were meant to be used by another individual", U.S. Attorney Greg Brooker said. The musician had to be revived with two doses of a drug that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

The singer, 57, died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin.

Neither the names of Prince nor his drummer and assistant, Kirk Johnson, appear in the settlement agreement, but federal search warrants executed in the weeks after Princes body was discovered at Paisley Park disclosed that Schulenberg admitted to writing prescriptions for Percocet in Johnsons name, knowing that they were actually for Prince. Because of that, there will be no criminal charges filed in the case.

Find video of Metz's press conference below. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

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Metz said several pills were found at the Paisley Park complex after Prince died, and many of them were not in their original pharmaceutical containers. An autopsy revealed so much fentanyl in Princes system that it would have been fatal for anyone, regardless of their size or drug tolerance.