Seven former Angels players are included on the prosecution witness list in the federal criminal case against former PR staffer Eric Kay, who is charged with supplying the drugs that led to the death of former pitcher Tyler Skaggs in 2019.
The players, if called, would testify that they believed Kay provided drugs to Skaggs and unnamed others, according to documents filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the federal court in the Northern District of Texas.
Cam Bedrosian, C.J. Cron, Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney, Mike Morin, Blake Parker and Garrett Richards are included among a list of 77 witnesses the government could call in the trial, which is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Texas.
Kay has been charged with possession and distribution of drugs, including those that led to Skaggs’ death. If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison.
The prosecution hoped to keep the witness list sealed until after the trial, but Judge Terry Means ruled in favor of the Los Angeles Times, which filed a motion for the release of the list.
The list includes a brief summary of the subject of the possible testimony for each, and they vary slightly from player to player.
Heaney is the only player who was with the Angels last season. According to the documents, he would be called to testify about his attempts to reach Skaggs on the day he was found dead, and also to the general relationship between Kay and Skaggs.
Richards would testify about the relationship between Kay and Skaggs, as well as Kay asking him for unused oxycodone pills. The document does not indicate how Richards would have acquired the pills. Richards dealt with injuries for much of his final seasons with the Angels.
Each of the other players would testify to what they believed was Kay’s distribution of oxycodone to Skaggs and “others,” according to the filing.
Morin would testify that he believed Kay was providing oxycodone to Skaggs, which is significant because he last pitched for the Angels in June 2017, more than two years before Skaggs died.
Although it’s possible that none of this comes out in the trial, the report of widespread knowledge within the clubhouse of Skaggs’ drug use could have an impact on the wrongful death civil suits filed by Skaggs’ family. The family claims the Angels are, at least partially, liable for Skaggs’ death because they knew, or should have known, about his drug use.
The Angels have maintained that no one in a management position was aware of Skaggs’ drug use.
Former vice president in charge of communications Tim Mead, traveling secretary Tom Taylor, PR staffers Adam Chodzko and Matt Birch, and club security officials Chuck Knight and Jim Saenz are also on the witness list.
None of them would testify to any knowledge of Skaggs’ drug use, according to the filing.
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