The previous Angels worker charged in reference to the overdose dying of pitcher Tyler Skaggs is now going through allegations that he provided a number of gamers with oxycodone and provided drug suppliers Angels merchandise and tickets, per courtroom paperwork obtained by a number of shops.
Federal prosecutors will use proof — which incorporates testimony from no less than 5 Main League gamers — to attempt to show that former Angels communications director Eric Kay was the supply of the painkillers.
Kay had beforehand been hit with felony distribution expenses by the U.S. Lawyer’s workplace within the Northern District in Texas in relation to the July 2019 dying Skaggs. The 27-year-old pitcher died with a mixture of fentanyl, ethanol, alcohol and oxycodone in his system in a Texas resort earlier than a sport towards the Rangers.
The prosecution now alleges that Kay had provided gamers with medicine from no less than 2017. The opposite gamers had been reportedly not named within the courtroom submitting.
“The proof may even exhibit that Kay typically coordinated the distribution by textual content messages or by conversations involving the sufferer [Skaggs],” the submitting says, in keeping with The Los Angeles Occasions. “This witness testimony will in lots of cases be corroborated by textual content message communications.”
Kay allegedly used the app OfferUp to speak with the oxycodone sellers, promising them items in return. In a single trade with a provider, Kay allegedly provided an autograph from Angels celebrity Mike Trout.
“U have a son? [Could] hook him with a signed Trout ball for a commerce if U need?” Kay reportedly mentioned in a single message.
In one other, Kay requested if a vendor wished tickets to a sport.
“Any probability u can get to Angel Stadium? The place I work,” Kay allegedly wrote in one of many messages. “Might depart u tickets for the sport if u wished.
“My Dangerous. That… Sounds bizarre. Ha. I simply can’t depart work tonight.”
Prosecutors say Kay had medicine delivered to the stadium, together with those that Skaggs had ingested on the day he died. Throughout a December 2019 search of his workplace at Angel Stadium, The Los Angeles Occasions reported, authorities discovered proof of the unlawful medicine.
“Not solely was it oxycodone tablets, nevertheless it was residue and indications related to the precise forms of medicine present in [Skaggs’] system on the time of his dying,” the courtroom submitting mentioned.
Kay’s legal professional Michael Molfeta mentioned his protection will comply with the details of the case and spoke out towards the courtroom submitting going public, in keeping with ESPN.
“My understanding is issues are purported to be filed beneath seal,” Molfeta mentioned. “It’s unlucky to me that the principles aren’t being utilized equally and we’ve adhered to them and we are going to go to courtroom and we are going to litigate issues there. We’re not going to trial to get our enamel kicked in. We really feel we have now a really compelling narrative that’s supported by details.”
Kay is scheduled to face trial on Oct. 4 in Fort Price, Texas. He’s pleaded not responsible to the fees. The Skaggs household has additionally sued Kay, the Angels and former Angels vice chairman of communications Tim Mead.