Former Angels employee Eric Kay is standing trial for allegedly providing Tyler Skaggs with fake oxycodone pills which were really fentanyl and led to the pitcher’s death. If proven guilty, Kay faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
The family of Tyler Skaggs has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit but that is not currently underway. For the purposes of this thread, we will stick to the criminal proceedings.
Sam Blum at The Athletic is doing a great job laying out the bare facts of the case. As it is behind a paywall, here are some key takeaways: the prosecution must prove both that Kay supplied Skaggs with the fateful drugs and also that he did so in Texas to secure a victory. Failure to do either of those things means Kay walks.
The first step for the defense is to name possible other sources for the drugs in Tyler’s system. Former Angel Matt Harvey is being named by Kay as one possibility. There may be others listed.
Andrew Heaney was the first to take the stand. He has not stated he received drugs from Kay but is giving background on Tyler’s drug use. Heaney was detailing the frantic calls from Skaggs’ wife as they were searching for him. His testimony will continue today.
All in all 7 former Angels are on the prosecution’s witness list; Heaney, Harvey, CJ Cron, Cam Bedrosian, Mike Morin, Blake Parker, and Garrett Richards.
Initial reports stated that no players would testify they obtained drugs from Kay but could testify that it was known Kay supplied drugs to Tyler and other unnamed players. However, ESPN is now reporting “jurors will see a number of major league players who received opioids from Kay.”
The trial is expected to last two weeks and Crashing the Pearly Gates staff will update this page daily with the latest news.