King of Pop Michael Jackson's body may be exhumed in a bid to check the doctor's statement that he is innocent, reports Mumbai Mirror.
Lawyers for Dr Conrad Murray plan to challenge the singer's autopsy, which found he killed him with an overdose of sedative Propofol. They want to show that the singer could have died from other drug use.
However, they may demand his body be dug up for new tests ahead of Murray's trial next year to prove their theory. A key find could be needle marks not made by the doctor.
“This is a horrifying situation the family have been dreading. They laid Michael to rest and for him to return is just sick,” News of the World quoted a Jackson family friend as saying.
Murray's legal team hope to get the cardiologist's charges of involuntary manslaughter thrown out by trying to convince a judge to have the singer's body unearthed.
Lead attorney Ed Chernoff has already got the green light to re-test tissue samples removed and frozen after Jacko, 50, died last June.
“If the tests don't concur with the coroner's findings, they have the start of a strong defence. The logical next step would be to exhume the body to make new tests,” the friend said.
Michael Jackson has become the most downloaded artist of all time and is most popular in India, according to a new report.
The Thriller hitmaker is the world's most popular solo star, ahead of Lady Gaga and Elvis Presley, according to download records from Nokia's Ovi Music Store. Musicologist Geoff Roberts believes the singer's birthday on Sunday could be responsible for his increase in popularity.
Jackson is most popular in India where he accounts for 26 per cent of the country's entire Ovi downloads, followed by UK and Germany.