Eric Kay watched Tyler Skaggs do drugs

FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Los Angeles Angels worker accused of offering the opioids that contributed to Tyler Skaggs’ overdose dying informed a colleague he watched the Angels pitcher do medication the night time earlier than he was discovered lifeless in a suburban Dallas lodge room, in line with testimony Monday.

Eric Prescott Kay, who faces prices of drug distribution and drug conspiracy, confided in Adam Chodzko about two weeks after Skaggs’ 2019 dying that he was in Skaggs’ room, Chodzko testified at trial.

Kay informed Chodzko he turned down a proposal from Skaggs to take medication with him, Chodzko testified. Kay had simply returned to the staff from a stint in drug rehab and was one in every of Chodzko’s subordinates on the Angels’ public relations workers on the time.

Kay mentioned he noticed three traces of medication on a desk and watched Skaggs snort them earlier than leaving the room, in line with Chodzko, who’s now the Angels’ director of communications.

One among Kay’s protection attorneys mentioned in opening arguments that Skaggs wasn’t in medical misery when Kay left his room. And a police detective testified on Monday — the fourth full day of testimony in Kay’s trial — that Kay lied in regards to the final time he noticed Skaggs within the hours after the pitcher was discovered lifeless.

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Skaggs, 27, was discovered lifeless July 1, 2019, after the staff had traveled from Los Angeles and earlier than the beginning of what was imagined to be a four-game collection in opposition to the Texas Rangers. A coroner’s report mentioned Skaggs had choked to dying on his vomit, and a poisonous mixture of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone had been in his system.

Kay served because the staff’s public relations contact on many street journeys, and the journey to Texas was his first since coming back from rehab. Kay was positioned on depart shortly after Skaggs’ dying, and by no means returned to the staff.

Federal prosecutors allege Kay gave Skaggs counterfeit oxycodone drugs that contained fentanyl after the staff arrived in Texas. The protection says Kay final gave Skaggs medication in California and that there’s no approach to know whether or not fentanyl led to his dying.

Chris Leanos, who testified Monday beneath immunity and admitted he was a drug vendor, mentioned he noticed what he presumed to be a drug-related transaction between Skaggs and Kay at an Angels’ charity occasion. Leanos testified that he guarded a toilet door after Skaggs went in.

Skaggs requested Leanos for oxycodone a few week or two earlier than he died, Leanos testified. Leanos, who mentioned he had been associates with Skaggs since 2007, mentioned he didn’t deal oxycodone and warned Skaggs that these drugs might be harmful.

Protection lawyer Michael Molfetta badgered Leanos on cross-examination, questioning how Leanos might say “something you need and never get prosecuted for it.”

After attempting to get an estimate from Leanos of what number of drug offers he had executed since 2018, Molfetta requested, “What’s the identify and variety of your cocaine provider?” Leanos didn’t need to reply as a result of the prosecution’s objection was sustained.

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Southlake police Sgt. Jonathan Macheca testified that Kay mentioned he by no means noticed Skaggs on the night time the staff checked into the lodge. Kay additionally by no means talked about seeing medication or understanding Skaggs used medication, Macheca mentioned.

Prosecutors detailed a number of communications alleged to be Kay arranging for medication to be dropped at Angel Stadium, and retired DEA agent Michael Ferry mentioned former Angels pitcher Garrett Richards and Skaggs despatched tons of of {dollars} to Kay in a number of transactions by way of Venmo.

Richards is amongst seven for LA gamers on the witness listing. Andrew Heaney, one in every of Skaggs’ closest associates on the staff, testified on the primary day of the trial. One other witness is pitcher Matt Harvey, about whom the protection has made a number of strategies of a drug-related relationship between him and Skaggs.


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