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Former L.A. Angels Employee Indicted On Charges In Tyler Skaggs Overdose

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Former L.A. Angels Employee Indicted On Charges In Tyler Skaggs Overdose

The trial of former Los Angeles Angels director of communications — Eric Prescott Kay — related to the drug overdose death of Angels pitcher — Tyler Skaggs —-is set to start on December 14, 2020, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eric Kay was indicted on two counts by a federal grand jury on Friday, October 16, 2020, in relation to pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ overdose. The first count carries a 20-year jail term and the second a 20-years-to-life sentence.

The trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means based on the order filed last week.

The indictment charges Kay with possession of fentanyl with the intent to distribute “beginning in or before 2017.” According to his indictment, Kay confessed to federal agents regarding his involvement in supplying drugs to Skaggs that “resulted in the death and serious bodily injury of Skaggs.”

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas reported that the former Angels’ employee appeared in federal court on Friday, October 16, 2020, after his arrest on August 7 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 27-year-old Angels pitcher — Tyler Skaggs — was found dead on July 1, 2019, in his room at the Hilton Hotel in Southlake, Texas, where the Angels were scheduled to play the Texas Rangers.

Skaggs’ toxicology report, accessed through the Taranta County Medical examiner’s office, found the presence of oxycodone, ethanol, and fentanyl in his system. The report further stated that the pitcher asphyxiated on his emesis.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint against the Angels’ staffer by Drug Enforcement Administration special agent, Geoffrey Lindenberg, “It was later determined that but for the fentanyl in (Skaggs’) system, (he) would not have died.”

The affidavit also stated that on the evening of June 30, 2019, Kay visited Skaggs to deliver pills at the pitcher’s behest. Later, upon examining Skaggs’ hotel room, authorities detected “white residue” on the room’s floor that tested positive for a counterfeit oxycodone pill laced with fentanyl.