Ex-Angels employee indicted in overdose death of Skaggs

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 19, 2020

A federal grand jury indicted former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay on Thursday on charges related to the 2019 death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Eric Prescott Kay on one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance and one count of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death and serious bodily injury, according to documents filed with the US District Court in Fort Worth. "Our investigation also confirmed that no one in management was aware, or informed, of any employee providing opioids to any player, nor that Tyler was using opioids".

Law enforcement officials have said they believe Kay and Skaggs were discussing drugs. clearly implying the exchange proves Kay is the one who supplied the pitcher with the lethal dose of the pills. Kay claimed he noticed Skaggs snort oxycodone in his lodge room the night time he died, however didn't consider the snorted medication have been the identical he offered.

Molfetta also told CNN that Kay was also struggling with his own sobriety then.

Prosecutors mentioned in August they deliberate to cost Kay with drug distribution, however didn't point out he could be charged in Skaggs's demise.

When Kay was charged in August, US Attorney Erin Nealy Cox described the tragedy as a warning to anyone taking risks with substances.

The pitcher died by choking on vomit after using drugs and alcohol, according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office. The Angels were in town to play the Texas Rangers, and an autopsy later showed he died of aspiration and had a combination of oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol in his system.

In August, Skaggs' family said the incident had been "completely out of character" and vowed to find out exactly what had happened after being "shocked" to learn that Kay could have been involved.

A message seeking comment from Kay's attorney, Reagan Wynn, was not immediately returned.

"While Mr. Kay is eager to respond and to have his opportunity to tell his side of the story absent agenda, he agrees with his attorneys that the most prudent course of action is to let them do their talking in the proper forum; specifically, the court room", Molfetta said in the statement.

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