FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former Los Angeles Angels employee was convicted Thursday of supplying Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs with the drugs that led to his overdose death in Texas.
Eric Kay was found guilty of one count of drug distribution causing death and drug conspiracy. He faces life imprisonment.
Skaggs’ widow, Carli, and her mother, Debbie, hugged as the verdict was announced. Kay took off his jacket and tie and was handcuffed, nodding to family and friends in the courtroom.
A jury of 10 women and two men revealed the verdict in a federal courtroom in downtown Fort Worth, about 15 miles from where the Angels were supposed to open a four-game series against the Texas Rangers on July 1, 2019, the day Skaggs was found dead in a hotel room in suburban Dallas.
A coroner’s report said Skaggs, 27, choked to death on his vomit and had a toxic mixture of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone in his system.
The trial included testimony from five major league players who said they received oxycodone pills from Kay at various times from 2017 to 2019, the years Kay was accused of obtaining pills and giving them. to players. Kay also used drugs himself, according to testimony and court documents.