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 hopes to get the cardiologist's involuntary manslaughter charges 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 family friend said. Jackson is buried at a mausoleum in Los Angeles.