By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Los Angeles Angels Director of Communications Eric Kay was indicted by a Texas grand jury on Thursday in the overdose death of former Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away in July 2019. The indictment has charged Kay with distributing a controlled substance that resulted in Skaggs’ death.
In addition, he has been indicted on possessing with the intent to distribute the opioid fentanyl. If convicted on both charges, Kay is facing a lifetime in jail.
Skaggs passed away in his Texas area hotel room on July 1, 2019. The medical examiner ruled that Skaggs passed away from asphyxiation on his own vomit.
During the autopsy, it was determined that Skaggs had oxycodone, ethanol, and fentanyl in his system. At the time of his death, Skaggs was 27.
According to ESPN, Skaggs snorted oxycodone and likely was unaware that it was traced with fentanyl, which is a deadly drug that is sometimes added to other drugs.
During the investigation into Skaggs’ death, ESPN found that Kay told the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents last year that he had given Skaggs oxycodone before the team departed for Texas. It was also revealed that Kay got the drugs from his dealers while Skaggs paid for the drugs.
The former Angels employee also told DEA agents that he saw Skaggs snort oxycodone in his hotel room – just hours before the pitcher passed away. However, Kay believed that the drugs that he saw Skaggs take were different than the one’s that he had previously given to the pitcher.
Kay also told agents that he did not recognize some of the crushed pills that was in a line. The authorities are going to have to prove that the drugs that Kay gave Skaggs were the one’s that killed him.
Michael Molfetta, who is Kay’s attorney, said that his client has been cooperating with the case.
“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. “With that said, he asks for everyone’s patience before forming judgment so that all sides can be heard and facts are brought to light in a straight-forward fashion and not skewed by innuendo or interpretation.”
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