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Eric Kay Indicted in Skaggs Case

This is a follow-up to the article about Eric Kay being charged.

In August, it was announced that former Angels communications director Eric Kay was being charged in the July 2019 death of Tyler Skaggs, who died in his hotel room prior to a series against the Texas Rangers in Arlington.

In 2019, Kay also told investigators that “he provided oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs and abused it with him for years, and that two team officials were told about Skaggs’ drug use long before his death,” according to an ESPN article.

As expected, the indictment was delayed as Kay’s attorney was working on a plea deal. The original indictment was set for Sept. 6 but was delayed once to Sept. 24 and again into the month of October.

Both sides were looking into a plea deal but none was made prior to his indictment.

On Oct. 16, Kay was indicted by a federal grand jury in Fort Worth, Texas and charged with distributing a controlled substance as well as possessing with the intent to distribute the opioid. He could be sentenced to life on the distribution charge and 20 years for drug conspiracy.

The indictment stated, “On or about June 30, 2019, Eric Prescott Kay, the defendant, did knowingly and intentionally distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, and the use of said substance resulted in the death and serious bodily injury of (Skaggs).”

Kay was scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 28 and as of now, there is not much on what happened at the arraignment or whether it was postponed.

According to an article from Bloomberg Law, Kay “pleaded not guilty in the Northern District of Texas to charges he provided fentanyl that killed pitcher Tyler Skaggs.”


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