Ex-Angels worker Eric Kay indicted in reference to demise of pitcher Tyler Skaggs

Ex-Angels employee Eric Kay indicted in connection with death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs

Tom Schad

A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted former Los Angeles Angels worker Eric Kay on two costs in reference to the demise of pitcher Tyler Skaggs final 12 months, based on federal court docket data.

Kay, the Angels’ former director of communications, was initially charged by authorities in late July with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. He was indicted on that very same depend Thursday, in addition to an extra cost of distributing the fentanyl that led to Skaggs’ demise.

The indictment, which was filed Friday morning in a U.S. District Court docket in Texas, adopted motions in August and September to delay the proceedings, possible in pursuit of a plea settlement.

Kay has not entered a plea. His attorneys didn’t instantly reply to messages left by USA TODAY Sports activities on Friday. Kay faces as much as life in federal jail if convicted.

Skaggs died in July 2019 on the age of 27. A left-handed pitcher with the Angels, his physique was present in a Texas resort room whereas the group was on a highway journey. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s workplace dominated that he had fentanyl, ethanol and oxycodone in his system on the time of his demise.

Authorities alleged that Kay knowingly and willingly distributed “a combination and substance containing a detectable quantity of fentanyl” to Skaggs, and that the pitcher’s use of the substance led on to his demise.

In accordance with a legal grievance that was unsealed in August, federal investigators obtained textual content messages between Kay and Skaggs during which Skaggs requested Kay to ship tablets to his resort room the night time earlier than his demise.

“Hoe [sic] many?” Kay wrote to Skaggs in a textual content message, based on the grievance.

“Only a few like 5,” the pitcher answered.

Authorities additionally alleged the 2 males “had a historical past of narcotic transactions,” based on the grievance. Kay was indicted Thursday for conspiring to own and distribute fentanyl “starting in or earlier than 2017.”

Contact Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.

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