A statement from a law enforcement official yesterday has concluded that federal prosecutors will not seek a criminal case in the matter of how Heath Ledger received the painkillers that led to his accidental overdose this January. The main reason behind this decision is that “they don’t believe there’s a viable target”, according to the official, who speaks of secrecy because no charges were not filed.
This occurs after the late actor’s friend, Mary-Kate Olsen demanded immunity from prosecution to speak to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who suspected that painkillers found in Ledger’s system — oxycodone (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) — were bought either with fake prescriptions or other illegal purchases. Olsen’s attorney, Michael Miller, recently said that his client has cooperated with the government with all that she knows.
The medical examiner’s office has found out that Ledger died from the combination of not only both OxyContin and Vicodin but also anti-anxiety medication and sleeping pills. A DEA spokesperson stated last month that it’s routine to investigate an overdose with several drugs involved.
Rebekah Carmichael, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, stated that its office policy to “neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation”. So far, Miller hasn’t been available to respond a message for him. However, the law enforcement official has also said that if new evidence resurfaces, then the case will reopen.
Source: Yahoo! News