Lawyer: Law protects 911 caller in Prince death

May 4, 2016

A Minneapolis attorney says he believes Minnesota law would protect a California man from any potential charges related to Prince's death.

William Mauzy represents Dr. Howard Kornfeld and his son, Andrew. Mauzy says Andrew Kornfeld traveled to Minnesota to see Prince after his father was asked to help the singer deal with a painkiller addiction.

He says the younger Kornfeld showed up at Paisley Park on April 21 and was one of three people to find Prince unresponsive. The singer was soon pronounced dead.

Mauzy says Andrew Kornfeld, who isn't a doctor, was carrying a small amount of bruprenorphine, which can be given to patients with addiction issues to provide pain relief with less possibility of overdose and addiction.

Andrew Kornfeld has been questioned by investigators, but Mauzy says he believes he is protected by a Minnesota law that lets people report overdoses without fear of prosecution. The attorney also says Andrew Kornfeld never intended to give the bruprenorphine directly to Prince, but rather to a doctor who had planned to evaluate Prince.


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