Judge delays trial of Angels employee implicated in death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs


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Judge delays trial of Angels employee implicated in death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs

A federal judge in Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday granted a request to delay the trial of former Los Angeles Angels communications director Eric Kay, agreeing that the defense needs more time to prepare after prosecutors expanded drug charges. against him six days before the trial began.

Kay is now scheduled to face trial on January 24 in connection with the 2019 death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Federal prosecutors expanded their charges against Kay with a replacement indictment Tuesday, saying he distributed the opioid oxycodone in addition to the charge he already faced for distributing fentanyl. Both drugs were found in the body of Skaggs, who died during a team trip to Southlake, Texas.

In their motion, defense attorneys said they were notified Sunday that prosecutors intended to obtain the replacement indictment. Kay’s attorneys argued that the decision upended their defense and that they needed time to prepare for the new indictment. Prosecutors opposed the motion, writing: “The defendant and his attorney have been privy to the evidence against the defendant for months.”

But US District Court Judge Terry R. Means agreed that after the government amended the charges, the defense was entitled to more time.

As ESPN reported in 2019, Kay told US Drug Enforcement Administration agents that she regularly provided Skaggs with oxycodone in a deal in which Kay would obtain drugs for both of them with Skaggs’ money. The government has said that Kay was effectively a trafficker, asking drug suppliers to deliver opioids to Angel Stadium and providing drugs to numerous players.

An autopsy determined that Skaggs choked on vomit after ingesting oxycodone, fentanyl and alcohol.


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