Matt Harvey and Andrew Heaney are among seven former Angels who have been revealed as witnesses in former Angels employee Eric Kay’s upcoming criminal trial in connection to the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
None of the players will testify that Kay provided them with drugs, according to the witness list made publicly available on Thursday afternoon. Richards will testify that Kay approached him about acquiring his unused oxycodone medication.
Harvey, Cron, Parker and Morin will testify to their interactions with both Kay and Skaggs, and that Kay provided oxycodone to Skaggs and others. They’ll testify to knowledge of Skaggs’ use of the drugs, as well as the lingo used when discussing the drugs.
Heaney will testify to his attempts to contact Skaggs on the day of Skaggs’ death, as well as provide background information on Skaggs.
Among the other Angels employees listed are former head of Angels public relations Tim Mead, who is no longer with the team. He was named in two wrongful death lawsuits related to Skaggs’ death, but his name was later taken off. He’ll testify about Kay’s work performance and hospitalization for addiction.
Angels employees involved in public relations and team security are on the witness list.
Skaggs’ widow, Carli Skaggs, is on the witness list. So too is MLB agent Ryan Hamill, who will testify about injuries Skaggs sustained throughout his career.
The players also appear on the prosecution’s witness list. Anyone cited can be called to testify.
Kay is facing felony counts of distributing a controlled substance (fentanyl) that led to Skaggs’ death in a Tarrant County (Texas) hotel room, and for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute the opioid. He has pleaded not guilty and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room July 1, 2019 hours before the Angels were set to begin a series with the Rangers from what was determined to be “mixed ethanol, fentanyl and oxycodone intoxication” resulting in his choking on vomit, according to a medical examiner’s report. He was 27.
The government hoped to keep the witness list sealed until after the trial. However, the Los Angeles Times filed a motion in December to have it lifted, basing its argument on the first amendment. The judge sided with the Times in late January. The government then filed another motion Tuesday, arguing there was cause to keep the witness list sealed. The judge denied that motion and required both sides to file their witness lists publicly.
Jury selection is scheduled for Tuesday in Fort Worth, Texas, with opening arguments likely to begin the following day.
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