FORT WORTH (Texas) — Eric Kay's trialCommunications director is being charged in the death of Tyler Skaggs in 2019.
After presenting a brief case on Wednesday, defense was dismissed. Closed arguments were scheduled for Thursday morning. Ten women and two men will determine if the government proved Kay distributed the opioid Fentanyl and that Skaggs died as a result.
The defense called a fifth participant to the stand before wrapping up its case. He was free to testify about his own drug abuse, and the pitcher.. Parker, who only played one season with the Angels in 2018, was overcome by emotion when he took the stand during the afternoon. But he was calm and composed when the questions began. He claimed he received oxycodone from Kay but couldn't recall if Skaggs had introduced him to the men.
Parker stated, “I don’t recall who told me he was ‘the man.'”
Michael Molfetta, defense attorney, repeatedly asked Parker if he remembers telling police Kay felt pressured into giving drugs to the athletes.
“Do you recall a conversation with Mr. Kay regarding his desire to quit using drugs?” Molfetta said.
Parker replied, “Yes,”
“Does he still say it's difficult to do because ‘those men keep banging on my head for more pills'?” Molfetta asked.
Parker replied, “I don't recall saying that,” “It was more that he didn’t want to get involved in the people he had get the pills.”
Molfetta continued to press Parker on what he had said to police but Parker wouldn’t change. Parker stated, however that he stopped asking Kay to take pills after he learned Kay was trying get clean.
Parker stated, “Well, I don’t want him to be in a bad place, so why would he try to get me something he didn’t want?
The defense began the morning with testimony from Skaggs’ stepbrother Garet Ramos. He called to inquire about Skaggs early use of Oxycodone and to allege that Ramos deleted Skaggs texts after the pitcher's death.
Ramos claimed that he had difficulty remembering past events because of his aggressive form multiple sclerosis. Molfetta repeatedly asked Ramos whether he had ever given Skaggs Percocet in 2013. Debbie Hetman, Skaggs' mom, testified that her son said to family members that he was having an issue with opioid painkillers in 2013.
Molfetta asked Ramos about his answers and he replied as literally as possible. He said that he didn't “buy” Skaggs pills in order to help him wean off Percocet. Molfetta demanded more information from Ramos, who admitted that he helped Tyler get off Percocet with the pills he provided to him.
Ramos claimed that he gave Skaggs half an hour of a blue, round pill twice daily in order to help him quit his Percocet habit. But he stated Wednesday that he can't remember what he said, even though he had the opportunity to go over his grand jury testimony.
Later in the day the defense presented the relevant lines from the grand jury testimony as evidence.
The defense also brought in two other former Angels to court. Each took just two minutes to askAnd They were asked if Skaggs told them he had planned to go out on the night he died. Both men said Skaggs had told them this at some time, but that they didn't believe he went out.